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The OREGON 
SPORTSMAN 



806-7-8 Yeon Building, Portland, Oregon 

SEPTEMBER 1913 




YEARLING ELK. 



PUBLISHED MONTHLY UNDER DIRECTION OF 

WILLIAM L. FINLEY, STATE GAME WARDEN 



Volume I ] 



5c a copy — 50c a year 



[ Number 1 



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The Oregon Sportsman 

Volume I SEPTEMBER 1913 Number 1 



AIMING AT THE MARK. 

Our purpose is to furnish reliable information about hunt- 
ing and fishing in Oregon and to encourage helpful outdoor life 
and recreation. We have many inquiries as to the condition of 
streams, where fish are abundant, how they may be caught, 
where to go hunting or fishing and how to get there. 

We aim to collect authentic records of the names of parties 
who go hunting and fishing, where they go and what they get. 
We want data to guide us in stocking streams with various kinds 
of fish and in keeping game birds and animals abundant in our 
fields and forests. 

Inasmuch as the State charges for the privilege of hunting 
and fishing, those who contribute to the Game Protection Fund 
and others have a right to know how the money is being spent 
and what is being accomplished in the propagation and protec- 
tion of birds^ animals and fish. 



The State Board of Fish and Game Commissioners is striv- 
ing to make fishing and hunting important resources of Oregon. 
There is no reason why the State should not use her wild birds 
and animals as a prudent farmer protects and uses his flocks 
and herds. Fields and forests that abound in game and streams 
that are stocked with fish furnish a most attractive advertise- 
ment for the State. Hunting and fishing are inviting features 
for a desirable class of tourists who have money to spend and 
money to invest. Game protection and game propagation is a 
business proposition not only for the man who lives in the city, 
but for the farmer, the fruit grower and the timber man. 



Game laws and game protection cannot be made effective 
until we get the real interest of the farmers, homesteaders and 

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THE OREGON SPORTSMAN 

other land owners throughout the State. The rigid enforcement 
of game and fish laws is not sufficient without propagation. 
Protection and propagation of game birds and animals is not 
sufficient unless a campaign is carried on against predatory ani- 
mals that are continually destroying game. The propagation 
of fish is not sufficient if we allow our streams to be polluted 
with the filth of factories, mills and cities, which is a quick 
method of diseasing and destroying young fish. Liberating large 
numbers of trout and salmon fry in our streams is of no avail 
if these are carried out in unscreened irrigation ditches to die in 
the fields. 



The history of game protection shows clearly that game can- 
not be made abundant by legislation. During the period of ten 
years from 1900 to 1910 there were 1324 different game laws 
enacted in the various states of the Union. Yet game birds and 
animals have been steadily decreasing in number. Some species 
have almost reached the point of final disappearance. 

Game protection is not a political question. Nor is it en- 
tirely a legal question. It has an economic aspect and above all 
it requires educational work. 



ERROR IN GAME LAW ABSTRACT. 

An error was discovered in the abstract of game laws re- 
cently issued by the Game Department. This abstract showed 
the open season on quail in District No. 2 to be from September 
1 to October 31. The law as passed by the last session of the 
legislature shows that the open season on quail in District No. 2 
is from October 1 to October 31. This is unfortunate as the 
abstract is intended as a guidance for sportsmen and not to be 
misleading or the cause of trouble. 



SPORTSMEN ORGANIZING. 

A great deal of interest has been taken by sportsmen in 
various parts of the State in organizing clubs and game protec- 
tive associations. A general convention of sportsmen will be held 
in Portland in November, at which time delegates will assemble 
from various counties to form a State association. 

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THE OREGON SPORTSMAN 

"LOOK OUT FOR THE HORNS." 

Grants Pass, Ore., August 23. — Two Miller brothers, aged 17 and 20, 
residents of Leland, were hunting along Myrtle Creek Thursday afternoon, 
when the younger fired at what he mistook for a deer in the bushes and 
shot his brother in the head and breast. The bullet struck a twig, stripping 
the jacket from the lead and the jacket struck young Miller in the center 
of the chest, but did not penetrate the cavity. The leaden part of the 
bullet struck him on top of the head, splitting the scalp for a few inches. 
The wounded man was taken to the farm home of Oliver McGee, where 
the wounds were given such treatment as was available, and he then went 
to Glendale to receive a surgeon's care. — Portland Journal. 



LATER SEASON ON DEER. 

Throughout the State many sportsmen are advocating the opening of 
the deer season on September 1 rather than on August 1, as at present. 
In August the horns of the deer are still in the velvet. The fly pest during 
the earlier months and the immature grasses and browse keep deer in 
rather poor condition. As a general rule it is so hot during August that a 
large part of venison killed at this season is spoiled. The bucks are in far 
better condition in September and October. It is necessary that the season 
close by November 1 on account of the beginning of the running season. 



A RECORD BREAKING " CHINA." 

If S. R. Piper's china pheasant hen lives long enough, and keeps on 
increasing her egg production in the future as steadily as she has in the 
past, the time may come when she will lay every day. This year she has 
laid fifty-two, or just one a week, and three years ago she laid forty-eight. 
Mr. Piper hatches the eggs and has a good sized brood of the pheasants. — 
Cottage Grove Sentinel. 



NOTES. 

. Hunters in the Savage Creek district Sunday report having found the 
body of a slaughtered doe lying where it had fallen, shot through the neck 
by some criminal hunter. Near the body were the two fawns of the dead 

mother. — Grants Pass Courier. 

* * # 

One writer asks "if there is any way of teaching fish under six inches 

not to take a fly. ' ' We have not heard of any, but some fish go in schools. 

* * * 

Two anglers recently made a trip up the Mackenzie. One reported 
catching ten trout, the other covered the same ground and caught fifty- 
eight. It's not the stream, or the lack of fish. It's in the man holding 
the rod. 

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THE 



OREGON 



SPORTSMAN 



NOTES FROM COUNTIES 



BENTON. 

There has been very good bass 
fishing in Porter Lake, ten miles 
south of Corvallis. Fish range from 
one to three pounds and are caught 
by using live minnows. 



CLACKAMAS. 

There is very little fishing at pres- 
ent in the vicinity of Oregon City. 
Fly fishing is good on the upper 
waters of the Molalla and Clack- 
amas Eivers. The lower parts of 
these streams are fished out on 
account of being so close to Portland. 



* * * 



In Oswego Lake fish have been 
biting very well early in the morn- 
ing and late in the evening. A num- 
ber of bass have been caught re- 
cently by using live minnows and 
frogs. 



* * * 



Crappie and bass fishing are re- 
ported good in Kellogg Lake. Craw- 
fish and minnows are used for bait. 



CURRY. 

Frank C. Macheney, L. H. Dart 
and H. A. Pollack, of Portland, have 
returned from a ten days' hunting 
trip in Curry County. Eight deer 
were killed, the largest weighing 150 
pounds. This party reports deer be- 
ing more plentiful than last season. 



DOUGLAS. 

Fishing in the streams around 
Eoseburg is fair. Cut-throats and 
rainbows running in size from six 
to twelve inches and steelheads 
running from sixteen to eigh- 



teen inches in length are taken in 
the North Umpqua; bait used, flies 
and spoons. 



* * * 



Fishermen report good fishing in 
the streams in the neighborhood of 
Tiller. Trout running from six to 
eighteen inches with an average of 

eight inches. 

* * * 

Bears seem to be more than usually 
abundant in the mountains around 

Tiller. 

* * * 

At present the best fishing tribu- 
tary to Eoseburg is reported in Brew- 
ster Valley, which is about thirty 
miles east of there. 

* * * 

J. E. Clark, of Yoncalla, reports 
that July 13 he caught nineteen trout 
in Elk Creek, and on July 20 he 
caught twenty in Adam's Creek. The 
last catch he got with gray fly baited 
with angle worms and grasshoppers. 
Adam's Creek is about four miles 
from Yoncalla, while Elk Creek is 
about six miles. Both are within 
easy reach. 



HARNEY. 

Grover Jamison, Ted Eeed, J. 
Music and Harry Dansly, of Burns, 
returned from the Snow Mountain 
country with four bucks. This party 
also reports splendid fishing in Upper 
Emigrant Creek and tributaries. 



JOSEPHINE. 

The Josephine County Eod & G-un 
Club have started a subscription to 



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raise funds to advertise the game 
resources of their part of the coun- 
try. One man has subscribed $500. 
The sum of $2500 is being raised 
for this purpose. It is desired to 
have a large game refuge and to 
make that part of the country the 
greatest recreation grounds on the 
Coast. 1 Moving pictures will be 
taken of hunting and fishing scenes 
as well as other phases of outdoor 
life.' 



JACKSON. 

Mr. Cook and wife returned from 
Brown's cabin on Eogue Eiver with 
two deer and seventy-five trout, one, 
a rainbow twenty-four inches long. 

* * * 

M. N. Long returned August 28 
from Mt. Sterling with two large 
bucks and reported seeing several 

others. 

* * * 

Sam Jordan, of Ashland, reports 
having caught forty cut-throat trout 
in one day on the Little Applegate. 
The fish ranged from six to twelve 
inches. 

* * # 

•Walt Frulan and Fred Dodge, of 
Ashland, and Pat Daley, of Med- 
ford, returned from Abbott Butte 
with five deer, and reported good 
fishing in Eogue Eiver at that point. 
Eainbow trout and Dolly Varden up 
to sixteen inches in length were 
taken. 

* * * 

Twenty-eight bucks and one bear 
were reported by our Beagle corres- 
pondent to have been killed by nine 



parties during the past month, which 
shows good average bags. 

* * # 

Trout fishing on Boulder and 
Evans Creeks has been good during 
the past month. The favorite flies 
are Gray hackle and Coachman. 
Fish average from six to twelve 

inches. 

* # * 

Fishing is always good during Aug- 
ust and September in the high moun- 
tain lakes of the Cascades, Crescent 
Lake, Odell Lake, Marion Lake, and 
others. 



LAKE. 

One of the best places to get mule 
deer in Lake County is in the Mt. 
Yamsey country, which lies about 
eighteen miles southwest of Silver 

Lake. 

* * * 

It is reported that deer hunting is 
not as good as usual in Lake County 
this year. The fact is attributed to 
the abundant feed, which causes the 
deer to scatter more than usual. 

* # * 

Among the sportsmen of Lakeview 
who were successful in getting deer 
during the past few days are the 
following: Frank Veatch, F. Leon- 
ard, Mr. Coombs, John Martin, Tom 
Cloud, C. Burnham and J. Donovan. 

* * * 

Sage hens are not as plentiful in 
Lake County this year as usual. 



LANE. 

The Willamette is accessible as 
far as Oak Eidge by the train daily 



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from Eugene. Splendid fishing is re- 
ported above Oak Eidge. 

* * * 

Webster Kincaid reports that he 
caught eighty-eight trout in two 
days, fishing from a boat in the 
Willamette Eiver, near Oak Eidge. 

* * # 

Very good fishing is reported in 
the McKenzie Eiver, from twenty- 
seven to sixty miles from Eugene. 
This is accessible daily by auto stage 
which leaves Eugene at 6 A. M. 

* * * 

A number of fishermen have made 
very good catches in the Willamette 
by hauling a skiff up fifteen or 
twenty miles from Eugene and fish- 
ing down. 



LINN. 

Hamilton Creek, about five miles 
from Silverton, is a fair place for 
fishing. A number of good catches 
were made the first of the season, 
but now the stream is pretty well 
fished out. 

* * * 

Fishing on both forks of the San- 
tiam Eiver above Foster, twenty 
miles from Lebanon, is good. Some 
splendid catches of trout are made 
by using flies. 

* * * 

At Clear Lake, east of Foster, 
and at Fish Lake, two miles from 
Clear Lake, trout are abundant and 
easily caught. 

* # * 

Fishing has recently been very 
good in the north fork of the San- 



tiam, about a half a mile north of 
Lyon. The fish range from ten to 
eighteen inches in length, and are 
caught principally with flies. 
* * # 

Brownsville reports show that the 
deer are plentiful around the Dia- 
mond Eanch, twenty-four miles east 
of Brownsville. The deer seem to 
be coming down from the higher 
mountains during the past few days. 



TILLAMOOK. 

Walter Honeyman, of Portland, 
killed three bears during the past 
month near Seaside. More than the 
usual number of bears are reported 

in that locality. 

* *, * 

Scott Obey and Fire Warden 
Wilkes caught 100 trout on the Trask 
Eiver, August 17, using crawfish for 

bait. 

* * * 

Fishing is reported good for black- 
spotted trout in the Big Nestucea, 
Trask and Wilson Elvers, many be 
ing caught weighing 3% pounds, No. 
4 Backus fly being used. 

* * * 

Fishing not so good in the Ne- 
halem Eiver as in former years, ow- 
ing to the P. E. & N. E. E. Co. tak- 
ing gravel from the river bed, which 
causes the water to become muddy. 

* * * 

Bears are reported plentiful around 

Netarts Bay. 

* * * 

Salmon fishing has been reported 
as good during the past several days 
at the mouth of the rivers flowing 
into Tillamook Bay. 



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SPORTSMAN 



Two four-pronged bucks were kill- 
ed at the mouth of the Salmonberry 
River, August 28. 



LINCOLN. 

Large numbers of perch, flounders 
and torn cod are being caught in 
Yaquina Bay. The principal bait 
used are clams and kelp worms. 
There are several launches that take 
parties out for deep sea fishing. 
These boats go out from three to 
fifteen miles. Quite a number of 
rock cod and halibut are being 
caught. 



UNION. 

H. P. Oliver, Earle Nuttey and 
party have just returned from a ten 
day's outing on Little Salmon River, 
at the mouth of Butte Creek, where 
they made a good catch of Rainbow 
and Dolly Vardens. They brought 
home sixty-five pounds of smoked 
trout. Mr. Oliver reports that sal- 
mon are running in the Little Sal- 
mon and Grande Ronde Rivers. The 
trout caught by this party averaged 
9^> inches long. 

* * * 

Al Ray, of La Grande, caught 
sixty-four trout in the Lostine River 
on the 24th, the average length be- 
ing 8% inches. 

* * * 

Lou Rayburn, of La Grande, made 
a flying trip to Lostine last Mon- 
day and caught fifteen fine trout 
from the south fork of the Lostine 
River. 

* * * 

Roll M. Baker and Jake Reiver, 
of La Grande, made a trip to Beaver 



Creek on Sunday, August 24. Mr. 
Reiver's fifty-seven. These were 
Rainbows and Eastern Brook; the 
average was nine inches in length. 
* # * 

Parties camping on Catherine 
Creek report usual catches of about 
thirty-five trout, averaging about 
8 1 /. inches. The catch on Catherine 
Creek for the week ending August 
30, has been about 700 trout and 
something like fifty salmon. 
» # « 

Quite a number of bear have been 
reported in the Blue Mountains about 
the different sheep camps. 



WALLOWA. 



Prof. Anderson, of Whitman Col- 
lege, and a party of friends from 
Walla Walla, on August 25 drove to 
Big Sheep Creek and back to Joseph 
in their cars, and caught 322 trout, 
using grasshoppers for bait. There 
were sixteen persons in this party. 
# * * 

Harry Nottingham, of Enterprise, 
killed an eleven-point buck on Sheep 
Creek on August 15. 



Fish planted in Aneroid Lake in 
October have grown from finger- 
lings to six to eight-inch trout. No 
fish were in this lake heretofore. 



Chas. Oswald, of Summerville, 
caught fifty-two ten-inch trout in 
one day on Looking Glass and Wal- 
lowa Rivers. 



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RECORD OF HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES ISSUED IN THE 
DIFFERENT COUNTIES DURING THE YEAR 1912. 

— Resident — — Non-Resident — 

Hunting Angling Hunting Angling 

Baker 920 R40 

Benton 905 851 

Clackamas 1,007 1,377 

Clatsop 869 932 I 

Columbia 538 510 10 6 

Coos ''I". . 2,346 1,374 4 5 

Crook .' 707 1,490 .. 1 

Curry •••••• •"• • • • 382 189 13 6 

Douglas 2,387 1,299 7 6 

Gilliam 245 68 22 

Grant 295 398 

Harney , 606 257 1 

Hood River 475 770 . . 1 

Jackson 3,498 2,934 7 8 

Josephine 1,411 852 7 12 

Klamath 1,869 1,232 41 1 26 

Lake 867 586 .. 1 

Lane , 2,388 2,271 4 14 

Lincoln 538 434 . . 1 

Linn 1,380 ' 1,329 . . 1 

Malheur 349 ' 149 8 

Marion 2,592 2,842 . . 4 

Morrow 161 , 154 

Multnomah 4,664 ' 10,859 11 6 

Polk : 615 .750 2 1 

Sherman 109 .173,, 

Tillamook 757 1,134 . . 2 

Umatilla 1,527 1,558 12 97 

Union 1,076 1,237 . . 4 

Wallowa 828 1,142 2 4 

Wasco 656 1,113 

Washington 1,1 29 975 

Wheeler 91 62 

Yamhill ... 1,030 1,292 . . 4 



39,267 43,433 " 152 310 

RECAPITULATION. 

39,267 Resident Hunting at $1.00 $39,267.00 

43,433 Resident Angling at $1.00 43,433.00 

152 Non-resident Hunting at $10.00 1,520.00 

310 Non-resident Angling at $ 5.00 1,550.00 



Total 83,162 Total amount added to Game Protection Fund $85,770.00 

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MAR 24 1917 



The OREGON 
SPORTSMAN 



806-7-8 Yeon Building, Portland, Oregon 

OCTOBER 1913 




FEMALE PINTAIL DUCK 



PUBLISHED MONTHLY UNDER DIRECTION OF 

WILLIAM L. FINLEY, STATE GAME WARDEN 

Volume I ] 5c a copy— 50c a year [ Number 2 



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The Oregon Sportsman 

Volume I OCTOBER 1913 Number 2 



OPEN SEASON ON CHINESE PHEASANTS. 

The season on Chinese pheasants, which has been closed for 
two years, opened October 1 and will continue until the evening 
of October 31 throughout Game District Number 1, which lies 
west of the Cascade Mountains, with the exception of Jackson, 
Josephine, Coos and Curry Counties. The season on these birds 
is closed in eastern Oregon. 

The Chinese pheasant is Oregon's greatest game bird. They 
were introduced into the Willamette Valley in the early eighties. 
They have gradually increased and spread until, at the present 
time, there are more in the western part of the State than ever 
before. 

The law provides that only male Chinese pheasants may be 
killed. The hens are protected by a law passed at the last 
session of the Legislature. 

Under the present law, the blue or sooty grouse, the ruffed 
grouse or native pheasant and the Chinese pheasant are all placed 
in one class. The limit on these birds combined is five per day, 
or ten in seven consecutive days. The law provides that a person 
cannot have in possession more than five of these birds in one 
day. 

Under the same law, there is a separate limit on quail of 
ten birds per day, or the same number in seven consecutive days. 
The largest day limit, therefore, that a hunter may kill in upland 
game birds is fifteen, five of which may be grouse and pheas- 
ants, and ten of which may be quail. 



THE NEW FEDERAL GAME LAW. 

Our last Legislature repealed practically all the game laws 
of previous years and passed a game code which was an improve- 
ment in many ways over the old laws. There was one serious 



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error, however, in the new code which made the duck season 
widely different in various counties. The Federal law for the 
protection of migratory birds corrects this error and makes a 
uniform season in the states of Oregon and Washington. 

For many years there has been a movement on foot to have 
the Federal government take over the protection of migratory 
birds. The organized effort which was made by various sports- 
men's associations, and other societies and individuals, in all 
parts of the country ended in the passage of the Weeks-McLean 
bill, which was signed by President Taft on March 4, 1913. This 
bill provided that the regulations for the protection of migratory 
birds should be formulated and open and closed seasons should 
be fixed by the Department of Agriculture. This has been done 
and the new regulations went into effect on October 1. 

The real value of the federal law is, that the country is di- 
vided into two zones according to the migration of birds and the 
seasons have been set with this idea in view. This gives more 
uniformity than formerly, when it was impossible to get any con- 
certed action by different legislatures. 



The new federal migratory bird law provides a five-j^ear 
closed season on the following game birds : Band-tailed pigeons, 
curlew, wood ducks, and also all of the shore birds to be found 
in Oregon except the black-breasted and golden plover, Wilson 
or jack snipe and greater and lesser yellowlegs. Both the black- 
breasted and golden plover are rare in Oregon so the only shore 
birds which are lawful to hunt are the Wilson or jack snipe and 
greater and lesser yellowlegs. 

It has heretofore been lawful to hunt the above birds in 
season in this State and for that reason the new federal laws 
are of particular interest to Oregon sportsmen at this time, as 
they supersede State laws wherever there is a conflict. 

A daily closed season is set on all migratory game and insec- 
tivorous birds between sunset and sunrise. 

The open season on ducks, geese, rails, coots, gallinules, is 
from October 1 to January 15, both dates inclusive. 

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THE OREGON SPORTSMAN 

The open season on black-breasted and golden plover, Wilson 
or jack snipe and greater and lesser yellowlegs is from October 
1 to December 15, both dates inclusive. 

All migratory insectivorous birds are protected indefinitely. 



UNLAWFUL TO HUNT AT NIGHT. 

The new federal game laws provide a closed season on all 
migratory game birds from sunset to sunrise. For the guidance 
of sportsmen the following is the official time of sunrise and 
sunset: 

Sunrise Sunset 

Sept. 28 6:06 5:57 

Oct. 5 6:15 5:44 

Oct. 12 6:24 5:31 

Oct. 19 6:33 5:19 

Oct. 26 6:43 5:07 

Nov. 2 6:53 4:56 

Nov. 9 7:03 4:47 

Nov. 16 7:13 4:39 

Nov. 23 7:23 . .4:33 

Nov. 30 7:32 4:28 

Dec. 7 7:40 4:26 

Dec. 14 7:46 4:26 

Dec. 21 7:50 4:28 

Dec. 28 7:53 4:33 

Jan. 4 7:53 4:39 

Jan. 11 7:51 4:47 

Jan. 18 7:47 4:56 



NOTICE TO TRAPPERS AND TAXIDERMISTS. 

The last session of the legislature passed a statute making it unlaw- 
ful for any person over sixteen years of age to trap for fur-bearing 
animals without first obtaining a State trapper's license for $1.00 from the 
State Board of Fish and Game Commissioners. 

The open season for trapping fur-bearizj animals is from November 
1st to February 28th of the following year. 

Any person who is engaged in preparing or mounting skins of 
birds or animals for profit must obtain a license from the State Board of 
Fish and Game Commissioners. The cost of this license is $3.00 per year. 

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THE OREGON SPORTSMAN 

OCTOBER FISHING. 

By JOHN GILL. 

The time of the fly-fisherman for the present year grows short, and 
after a few sharp frosts there will be no more of it. Then we must 
resort to the winter lures — the spoon, the worm, the flesh of sculpin, 
squawfish and carp; or the nasty salmon egg. Indeed, on the lower waters 
of streams tributary to the sea, fly-fishing is already practically over. 

But there remains, so long as the present delightful weather shall 
last, magnificent fishing on the Eogue, McKenzie, Santiam, Molalla and 
Clackamas. 

The favorite food of the rainbow trout in these streams is now the 
stonefly, which hatches in the late summer and early fall, coming out from 
the water in the larval stage and hiding among the rocks of the shore, 
where he shortly emerges from his shell as the mature insect in the form 
of a gauze-winged, soft-bodied fly, which, gather in great numbers on the 
branches of willows along the streams. Flies that light or fall upon the 
water are eagerly seized by trout, which frequent the shores at this time 
for the purpose of feeding on the stoneflies. 

An artificial fly resembling this stonefly is the most successful cast, 
but inferior to the natural insect. A party of sportsmen, just returning 
f : om the upper waters of the McKenzie, report remarkably fine fishing 
at McKenzie Bidge and Frizzell's, where a large number of fishermen have 
enjoyed great sport. Their catches were made mostly by using the stone- 
fjy, carefully hooked, with wings spread, and very lightly cast. Kainbows 
of two pounds and upwards fell to the lot of several of these gentlemen 
daily, and many smaller fish, so that a four-automobile party had all the 
fish they cared to use daily for a week. 

The Dolly Varden does not rise readily at this season to the fly in 
the Cascade streams, but skillful fishermen catch occasional monsters with 
salmon eggs. 

Doubtless fishing on the McKenzie at this season will be found to 
correspond with that on the waters of other large rivers of the Cascade 
mentioned above. Fly-fishing proper has been better in the earlier months 
of summer on the McKenzie. The fish reject the artificial fly now be- 
cause of the abundance of natural fly food. 

So also on coast streams, the trout now decline the fly because of the 
abundant store of salmon eggs, which are spawned by the Chinook and 
river salmon, now coming in abundantly. Salmon eggs bought in a Port- 
land market and taken down to Seaside or Tillamook are too stale to 
tempt the big cut-throats of the Trask or Wilson. One may drop his hook 
with a bait of these stale eggs among a plainly visible school of big trout 
and see them sail away in disgust. They are already overfed and over 

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particular. An angle worm is likely to be a more successful bait in such 
eases, and a little piece of the flesh of the too-abundant sculpin may 
always be considered a hopeful bait for these sea-run trout. They will 
take a medium-sized spoon or spinner occasionally in the lower waters near 
the sea, and trolling from a boat these beautiful sunny days of Indian 
Summer is delightful sport, if less productive in quantity. 

The "quinna" or Jack salmon have given but little sport this season, 
coming in later than usual; and they. are now mostly spent, stale and unfit 
for food. 

The silver salmon are now running abundantly in all the coast rivers 
and bays, and give fine sport trolling. They are in fine condition too, 
and at this time, in the beginning of their run, scarcely inferor as table 
fish to the best Chinook, and far superior to the Chinooks now to be had 
in market, which are hardly fit for food. 

There have been for three weeks past in our markets unusually fine 
humpback salmon in large numbers, and as is always the case with these 
fjsh in their best condition, entirely innocent of the "hump" which be- 
comes very pronounced as the fish reaches spawning time, in which con- 
dition it is almost worthless for food. Silver, chum (or "dog") and 
humpbacks are better baked than fried in slices. Skillfully cooked thus, 
the fish being baked whole, there is no reason for contempt of either of 
these three as a delicious table fish. The season for the three varieties 
named is a very short one, either for the sport of catching them by trolling, 
or for utility as food, and a month in fresh water renders a fish of either 
of these three families a thing to avoid. 

Sea trout usually follow up the salmon in large schools and after the 
next big rain there will be fine trout fishing with bait in the lower 
Columbia and coast streams, but the flies and fly-rod may be laid away 
till next June. 

It may be wiser, however, to see that your rod is laid upon some 
perfectly level shelf, with no weight of any kind piled upon it, and sec? 
tc it that its joints are not tightly bound by the cords at either end of the 
case containing it (unless it is in a rigid wooden form in which each part 
has its own groove) or you will find it so warped next spring as to be 
disappointing or useless. 

UNDER-SIZED FISH. 

When removing an under-sized trout from your hook, always moisten 
your hands before grasping the fish. If this is not done, the dry hand 
injures the fish and this often causes a growth of fungus. 

Always kill a fish that is large enough to keep, as soon as taken from 
the hook. This can be done by giving it a stroke with a stick on the 
head just back of the eyes. This avoids suffering and makes your fish 
better for table use. 

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BOUNTIES ON PREDATORY ANIMALS. 

The State Board of Fish and Game Commissioners have offered the 
following additional bounties on predatory animals, which are to be paid 
from the Game Protection Fund: 

Gray or timber wolf $20.00 

Cougar or mountain lion 15.00 

Bob-cat or lynx 1.00 

These bounties are in addition to the following amounts which are 
authorized by the legislature and are paid by the County Clerks under the 
regular bounty law: 

Coyote or coyote pup $ 1.50 

Gray wolf or black wolf 5.00 

Gray, black or timber wolf pup 2.50 

Bob-cat, wild cat or lynx 2.00 

Mountain lion, panther or cougar 10.00 

The additional bounties offered from the Game Protection Fund will 
not be paid on any animals killed before October 1, 1913. To secure these 
bounties, affidavits from the County Clerk must be sent to the office of the 
State Game Warden. 

The last session of the legislature changed the bounty law so that 
it is not necessary for the hunter to go in person before the County Clerk. 
He can send his hides, accompanied by an affidavit. According to the 
old law, it was necessary to sever the head from the rest of the hide, or 
to cut the skin from eye to eye, often destroying the value of a good 
fur. Under the present law, the hides are marked by stamp or brand and 
three holes punched in the base or root of each ear. 

FISHING ON THE UPPER WILLAMETTE. 

Mr. J. J. McCormick, of Eugene, Oregon, reports that his favorite 
way of fishing on the upper Willamette is in a boat. The river is 
navigable for good boat fishing as far up as Oak Ridge, which is situated 
forty miles east of Eugene. Boats can be taken that far either by rail or 
wagon. It makes a splendid trip to cruise down and fish. Of course, it 
takes an expert boatman as the water is swift in many places and is 
shallow and rocky, all of which furnished exciting sport. 

Mr. McCormick reports that he makes his first trips early in April. 
He has made good catches as early as April 7th. Flies are used exclusively 
at this season. He has used the March Brown and the Blue and Red 
Upright, Gray Hackle, Willow and Professor. The best months for fishing 
or_ the upper Willamette over this stretch of river are May and June. From 
about the middle of July a spoon can be used to much better effect than 
a fly. 

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NOTES FROM COUNTIES 



CLATSOP. 

Ben (Jhilders recently caught nine 
trout and one Jack salmon from the 
bridge at Seaside, using "mud-cats" 
for bait. The first silver-sides were 
hooked in this locality the first week 
in September. 

* # * 

Mr. A. C. Nutter of Jewel killed 
two large bear during the first part 
of September. The animals were 
treed by using dogs. 



CLACKAMAS. 

Three different deer have been 
found along the Clackamas Eiver 
within the past two weeks that have 
been shot and wounded and escaped 
the hunters, but died later. Several 
other incidents similar to this have 
been reported, showing that many 
hunters take long chances with deer 
when using high-powered rifles. 
* * * 

Many huckleberries are reported 
in the higher mountain regions. The 
big crop of berries has attracted 
many campers. Huckleberries are a 
great attraction for black bear. Bear 
are. reported nearly as abundant as 
campers. 



DOUGLAS. 

The Riddle Rod & Gun Club have 
been carrying on an active campaign 
to prevent the killing of does and 
fawns. Severala rrests have been 
made and convictions secured. One 
party was recently given a jail 
sentence. One of the men arrested 



was a member of the Club. He im- 
mediately resigned, and said that he 
did not care to belong to a Club that 
did not protect its members when 
they were in trouble. 



JACKSON. 

Goettsche, 



Messrs. Goettsche, Holcomb, 
Wright, Blackman, A. J. and A. 
Bratton returned Sept. 13 from a 
trip to Bear ^Camp in Josephine 
County with ten deer. They reported 
seeing 101 deer on the trip, 25 of 
them were bucks. 



Doves were quite plentiful in 
Rogue River Valley this summer, but 
were nearly all gone by the 15th of 
September. Deer and bear are com- 
ing down into the low foot hills for 
acorns. Grouse and native pheasants 
are quite plentiful this season but 
the mountain quail faired badly in 
the last winter's heavy snow. 

C. Costelo, J. Hart, H. Hosier and 
J. G. Hurt returned to Ashland from 
a day's fishing trip on Big Butte 
Creek with sixty pounds of cut- 
throat and steel-head trout. Salmon 
eggs were the bait used. 



JACKSON. 



There is better hunting in the 
Umpqua country than at any time 
since the opening of the season. J. 
Ragsdale, H. G. King and J. F. 
Hale of Medford returned from 
Sugar Pine Camp on the Umpqua 
Divide with three bucks. 



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LAKE. 

During the past month, fishing has 
been excellent in the Chewaucan and 
Sycan Eivers. In one afternoon's 
fishing in the Sycan River, Charles 
Weyburn, J. L. Taylor, and J. 0. 
Miller of Sumner Lake caught 217 
Dolly Varden trout. 



LANE. 

Mr. A. C. Dixon of Eugene re- 
ports that in Mill Creek, which is 
a branch of the Mohawk, a record 
has been kept by parties who have 
been fishing in the stream. In a 
period of thirty days there were 
as many as three thousand trout 
caught, in a stretch of about four 
miles of the creek. 

It would be very interesting if 
parties would keep record of the 
actual number of fish caught in any 
stream, covering a specific period. 
This would be valuable data to show 
what the stream produces, and what 
should be done toward restocking. 



LINN. 

Deer hunting is much more en- 
couraging at present than in the 
fore part of the season. Deer are 
more abundant especially along the 
Callapooia River. 

More deer are reported now than 
at any time since the season opened. 
They seem to be coming down from 
the higher mountains. The best deer 
shooting in many localities will be 
from now on during the month of 

October. 



TILLAMOOK. 

The open season on wild pigeons 
began September 1st. Many hunters 
succeeded in getting the limit of ten 
birds a day, and twenty in seven 
consecutive days, showing that 
pigeons were quite abundant in that 
section of the country. 

The federal law which went into 
effect October 1st closed the season 
on pigeons till 1918, so hereafter 
it is illegal to kill these birds. 



* * * 



Many salmon are now being caught 
by trolling in the rivers about Tilla- 
mook Bay. 



UNION. 

L. M. Hoyt, city water superintend- 
ent of La Grande, and a party of 
friends killed twenty-three grouse on 
Rock Creek during the past week. 
Both grouse and deer are ranging 
further back in the mountains at this 
season of the year. 



WALLOWA. 

The south fork of the Imnaha 
River is a favorite stream for 
Dolly Varden or bull trout. Mr. W. 
E. Leffel of Joseph reports that he 
and Mr. Flannery caught a hundred 
bull trout in less than six hours, 
using fish fins for bait. The aver- 
age size of the fish was ten to 
eleven inches. The largest was 
twenty-two inches in length. 

On August 27th an eastern brook 
trout was caught in Wallowa Lake, 
which measured ten and a half 
inches. This was likely one of the 
fish that were planted in September, 
1912. 



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FEDERAL LAW FOR THE PROTECTION OF MIGRATORY 

BIRDS. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, all wild geese, wild swans, 
brant, wild ducks, snipe, plover, woodcock, rail, wild pigeons, and all other 
migratory game and insectivorous birds which in their northern and south- 
ern migrations pass through or do not remain permanently the entire year 
within the borders of any State or Territory, shall hereafter be deemed to 
be within the custody and protection of the Government of the United 
States, and shall not be destroyed or taken contrary to regulations herein- 
after provided therefor. 

The Department of Agriculture is hereby authorized and directed to 
adopt suitable regulations to give effect to the previous paragraph by 
prescribing and fixing closed seasons, having due regard to the zones of 
temperature, breeding habits, and times and line of migratory flight, 
thereby enabling the department to select and designate suitable districts 
for different portions of the country, and it shall be unlawful to shoot or 
by any device kill or seize and capture migratory birds within the pro- 
tection of this law during said closed seasons, and any person who shall 
violate any of the provisions or regulations of this law for the protection 
of migratory birds shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not 
more than $100 or imprisoned not more than ninety days, or both, in the 
discretion of the court. 

The Department of Agriculture, after the preparation of said regula- 
tions, shall cause the same to be made public, and shall allow a period of 
three months in which said regulations may be examined and considered 
before final adoption, permitting, when deemed proper, public hearings 
thereon, and after final adoption shall cause the same to be engrossed and 
(submitted to the President of the United States for approval. Provided, 
however, That nothing herein contained shall be deemed to affect or in- 
terfere with the local laws of the States and Territories for the protection 
of non-migratory game or other birds resident and breeding within their 
borders, nor to prevent the States and Territories from enacting laws and 
regulations to promote and render efficient the regulations of the Depart- 
ment of Agriculture provided under this statute. 

Approved, March 4, 1913. 



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MANSLAUGHTER. 

Five men have been shot for deer in Oregon during the 
hunting season just ended. Wilber Kime shot George Bingham 
of Oregon City, on October 30, at Trail Creek in Douglas County, 
just over the Jackson County line. The underbrush was two 
feet high where the shooting occured. The coroner's jury re- 
ports criminal carelessness. Why not let Mr. Kime pay a heavy 
fine or serve a term in the penitentiary? There must be some 
method of guarding the lives of people who want to go into the 
mountains during the hunting season. 

A. P. Conger of Jacksonville shot his brother Elmer through 
the lungs and killed him — another case of a man mistaken for a 
deer. 

Peter C. Christiansen shot Albert A. Dixon through the 
thigh and crippled him in a frightful manner with a soft-nosed 
bullet. 

Fritz Gerbers shot Herman Schmidt of Grants Pass and one 
of the Miller boys of Leland shot his elder brother — both hit by 
bullets intended for deer. 

At the opening of the deer season the State Board of Fish 
and Game Commissioners advised every deer hunter who went 
into the mountains to wear a red shirt and a red hat. We have 
heard people speak in a trivial manner of this advice, but it is a 
small thing compared to the death penalty. Help spread the 
doctrine of the red shirt and hat. 

One of the best laws in the Game Code is that which pro- 
vides for a closed season on all deer except those having horns. 
For the protection of human life this law must be strictly en- 
forced. Whenever a hunter waits till he can distinguish the dif- 
ference between a buck and a doe, he will not be guilty of mur- 
dering his friend or his relative. 

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THE CHINESE PHEASANT LAW. 

The last Legislature fixed the limit of five male Chinese 
pheasants a day or ten such birds in any seven consecutive days. 
During the past month many hunters have raised the question as 
to whether this law should not be changed so as to allow the 
shooting of hens as well as cocks. These hunters urge the change 
for the following reason : 

It is a very difficult matter to distinguish a young cock from 
a hen pheasant in the field, and as a result many hens are killed. 
In this way it often happens that a hunter who has good in- 
tentions, finds he has violated the law by shooting a female. 
As a general rule the hen is tossed to one side and left in the field. 

Every one admits that it would be better to keep the bird 
and use it rather than violate a second law for the wanton waste 
of game. 

Some fifteen or twenty hunters have been arrested for killing 
hen pheasants. It is rather curious to note that in almost every 
case the party arrested asserted very strongly that some one else 
killed the bird and the guilty party really escaped. 

It is a curious fact that during the entire season not a single 
hunter who has violated this law — and there have been many — 
has had the manhood to come in with illegal game and report it. 
It goes without saying that when a person of such honesty does 
appear some time in the future, his name will be recorded on the 
roll of honor in the Game Warden's office. He will be given a 
special permit to enjoy his bird and will be encouraged to go 
and sin no more. 

Of course, the main point in this Chinese pheasant law is not 
merely to please the hunter, but to give proper protection to the 
birds so as to insure a good supply of breeding birds for the fol- 
lowing season. In the large English shooting preserves, the 
principle of shooting only male birds has been carried out and is 
adherred to with splendid results. The question that arises is 
whether in Oregon the Chinese pheasant mates or whether it is 
polygamous. In the breeding pens at the State Game Farm at 

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Corvallis one cock is mated with six or eight hens. It is our 
opinion that in the wild state where there are plenty of males, 
the birds mate to a large extent. In cases, however, where there 
is but one cock to two or three hens the fertility of the eggs laid 
would be normal. 

This is a question that needs considerable study and field in- 
vestigation. Inasmuch as this law will be in force during two 
more breeding seasons, every effort should be made to give it 
a fair and impartial trial. This much may be said in its favor. 
We have many careless hunters. Anything that will encourage 
them to be a little more careful in the field has some advantage. 
Since both State and Federal laws recognize that some game birds 
are scarcer than others and need complete protection, it will be 
very necessary in developing good sportsmen to compel them to 
make a close enough study to distinguish one game bird from 
another. 

We shall be glad to receive communications from sportsmen 
in any part of the State relating to game laws and game protec- 
tion. We are especially anxious to hear the experiences and 
observations of sportsmen who love outdoor life and who do not 
go into the field merely with the idea of killing something. 



SALMON CLUB TO BE ORGANIZED. 

Definite arrangements for the organization of a Salmon Club 
in connection with the Multnomah Anglers' Club were made at 
the regular monthly meeting Friday evening, October 24. The 
purpose of the Salmon Club is to set an advanced mark of 
sportsmanship in angling for salmon. The requirements for 
membership are that one must catch a salmon weighing 20 pounds 
or more with a 9-thread line (18 pound test) and a rod weighing 
six ounces or less, and five feet or more in length. 

This is merely an adaptation of the principles of the famous 
Tuna Club of Southern California to salmon fishing, and it is 
sure to develop better ethics among anglers. The ordinary cast- 
ing rod used in fishing for bass will meet the requirements of 
the club, so that no unusual expense for tackle is necessary. 

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The committee having the matter in charge obtained a de- 
sign of a very handsome button which is to be the insignia of 
membership in the new club. For a 20-pound fish a bronze button 
will be given. For larger fish silver and gold buttons will be 
awarded. 

To start the club sixteen members have volunteered to equip 
themselves with the prescribed tackle, and use it in salmon fish- 
ing. From this number officers for the first year will be 
elected, but with the condition that any of the volunteers who 
fail to qualify within the year by catching his fish shall be sus- 
pended until he does qualify. 



ANGLERS ATTENTION. 

We are very anxious to have reports from anglers as to the 
species of fish caught in different streams of this State. We are 
gathering data to determine if possible the species of fish that 

inhabit the various creeks, rivers and lakes of the State. The 
black-spotted or cut-throat trout and the rainbow trout and the 
Dolly Varden are the native species. During the past two years 
large number of eastern brook trout have been liberated in 
various streams throughout the State. It is of importance to the 
Game Department to have reports from anglers as to whether 
any of these eastern brook trout are caught, so as to judge 
whether the introduction of these fish is a success or a failure. 



STATE CONVENTION OF SPORTSMEN. 

Letters have been sent out by the Multnomah Anglers' Club 
to rod and gun clubs and other sportsmen's organizations 
throughout the state suggesting that a convention of sportsmen 
be held about the middle of January. It was planned at first to 
have this meeting in November, but several sportsmen in different 
sections of the state have suggested January 16 and 17, which will 
be after the close of the hunting season. 

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REFUGES FOR WILD BIRDS AND ANIMALS. 



Thousands of Acres Have Been Set Aside in All Parts of the State. 

The problem of keeping game abundant in the advance of 
civilization is one that is not easy to solve. The draining of 
marshes and the cutting of forests do away with the natural 
haunts of wild birds and animals. The remarkable improvement 
of arms, the increase of hunters, added to the failure to kill 
predatory animals which do little or nothing else than prey on 
game, has greatly diminished the number of game birds and 
animals. 

It is very important that certain areas of land be set aside 
in different parts of the state where game birds and animals may 
be carefully protected so they may live and breed undisturbed. 
When they become abundant on these areas, they will gradually 
spread out and stock other sections. 

At the 1911 session of the Legislature a law was passed pro- 
viding that the Governor may set aside, by special proclamation, 
all lands surrounding state institutions to be used as game 
refuges. This law also provided that the State Game Warden 
may enter into contract with the owner or owners of private 
land, setting aside such property as game refuges for a period 
of from one to ten years. A number of large game refuges have 
been established on private lands in almost every county in the 
state. Up to the present time 143,789 acres have been reserved 
under this law. 

At the last session of the Legislature in 1913 an act was 
passed establishing six large game reservations in different parts 
of the state, embracing 2,654 square miles, or 1,698,320 acres. The 
names, locations and the objects of these are as follows : 

1. The Imnaha Game Reservation is situated in the northern 
part of Baker and Union Counties and the southern part of 
Wallowa County, and contains 560 square miles, or 358,400 acres. 
This reservation was created for the purpose of protecting 

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mountain sheep, deer and Franklin grouse. There are likely a 
few elk still left in the boundaries of this reservation. 

2. The Deschutes Game Reservation is situated in the south- 
ern part of Crook and northern part of Lake Counties, and con- 
tains 1,296 square miles, or 829,444 acres. This reservation was 
created for the purpose of protecting mule deer and antelope on 
their winter range. At the same time, it includes a good portion 
of the summer range of these animals, and is also the natural 
home of the sage hen or sage grouse. 

3. The Steins Mountain Reservation is situated in south- 
eastern Oregon, comprising most of Steins Mountain range. 
There are 681% square miles, or 435,920 acres in this area. This 
land has been set aside for the purpose of protecting mountain 
sheep, mule deer and antelope. There are still a good number 
of mule deer on the range, and also a large number of sage hens 
within this reservation. 

4. Sturgeon Lake Reservation contains 6% square miles, or 
4,160 acres. This area on Sauvies Island, in the Columbia River, 
was created for the purpose of making a resting place for water 
fowl. This was considered necessary on account of the great 
amount of shooting that occurs along the Columbia River. 

5. Capital Game Reservation includes the City of Salem, and 
the land surrounding this city in Marion and Polk Counties. This 
area contains 56 square miles, or 35,840 acres. This was created 
for the purpose of affording a large central refuge where game 
birds may be propagated and distributed over the country sur- 
rounding. 

6. Grass Mountain Reservation, situated in the western 
part of Lane County, in the Coast Range, was created primarily 
for the purpose of protecting a herd of elk. There are also many 
deer ranging on this area. This contains 54 square miles, or 
34,560 acres. 

In addition to these six reservations, a law was also passed at 
the last session of the Legislature providing that it was unlawful 
to hunt game birds or animals within the corporate limits of any 
city, town, public park or cemetery, or on the campus or grounds 

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of any public school, college or university, or within the bound- 
aries of any watershed reservation set aside by the United States 
Government to supply water for domestic use to any city, town 
or community. The effect of this law is to give protection to 
birds that live around more thickly settled districts and where 
it is advantageous not only to protect birds but to prevent shoot- 
ing on account of public safety. 

Another statute passed by the 1913 Legislature provides that 
it is unlawful to shoot or discharge any gun at any game bird 
or game animal from or while upon any railroad right of way or 
any public road or highway. Inasmuch as the ocean beach from 
the Columbia River to the California line has been declared a 
public highway, this prevents shooting game from one end of the 
state to the other along the ocean beach. 

There are four Federal wild bird reservations in Oregon, 
which were established by special proclamation of the President 
of the United States. 

1. Three Arch Rocks Reservation was created October 14, 
1907. This was the first area set aside on the Pacific Coast solely 
for the protection of wild birds. It is a group of small islands, 
from a half to one mile off the coast of Oregon, a few miles south 
of the entrance to Tillamook Bay. Immense colonies of sea birds 
are found on these rocks — Canifornia murres, western gulls, 
Brandt, Baird and Farallone cormorants, Kaeding and forked- 
tailed petrels, tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots, and a few black 
oyster-catchers. 

2. Klamath Lake Reservation was established August 8, 1908. 
It includes Lower Klamath Lake, lying partly in Oregon and 
partly in California. "Within this area are large numbers of tule 
islands, extensive tule swamps and marsh lands which are the 
ancestral breeding places of great numbers of wild fowl. The 
extent of this reservation is about 85,000 acres, or 132 square miles 

3. Lake Malheur Reservation includes the waters and marsh 
lands of Malheur and Harney Lakes. The whole reserve covers 
an area of about 90,000 acres, or 143 square miles. It was created 
August 18, 1908. 

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Klamath and Malheur Lake Reservations are two of the 

largest and best refuges ever established for the protection of 
wild birds. They are the fall and spring feeding grounds for 
myriads of migrating water fowl and untold numbers remain to 
nest and rear their young. Among the game birds that nest on 
these two reservations are Canada geese and various kinds of 
ducks — mallards, pin-tails, red-heads, canvasbacks, ruddy ducks 
and cinnamon teal. Wading birds are common, such as avocets, 
black-necked stilts, western willets, kildeer and others. 

4. Cold Springs Reservation, which is a reservoir site of 
the reclamation service where water is stored for irrigation, is 
situated in Umatilla County. It was created February 25, 1909. 
The area is about 2,500 acres, or about four square miles. When 
this reservoir was built, a certain number of seepage lakes were 
created outside of the reservoir site. The large body of water 
attracted ducks, geese and other wild water birds during the 
migrating season. Many of these remain to breed. Formerly 
where there was little or no duck shooting in this dry area, now 
there is very good hunting during the winter season. 



ANTELOPE IN SOUTHERN OREGON. 

Stanley G. Jewett and Harry Telford, of the Game Depart- 
ment, have just returned from a trip of investigation in south- 
eastern Oregon, and report that approximately 2,000 antelope 
are still to be found in that portion of the State. However, it 
was noted that these animals were in poor condition owing to 
the inroads of sheep in this range. 



PHEASANT ATTENDS COURT. 

Much excitement was occasioned in Hillsboro on October 20, 
by a large Reeves pheasant cock flying to the roof of the court 
house and remaining there for more than an hour. The larger 
part of the population of that city came out to take a look at him. 

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HUNTING ACCIDENTS. 

Hunters should never shoot at moving brush, leaves or grass 
with the expectation of killing game. It is dangerous, for the 
moving object is likely to be a man. Never shoot at any object 
until you are absolutely positive of identification. 

At the beginning of the hunting season the State Board of Fish and 
Game Commissioners had the above printed in the press throughout the 
State to guard against accidental shooting. It was urged that every hunter 
pursuing deer in the forest should wear a red cap, shirt, sweater, or some 
other article of clothing that could easily be identified from game birds 
and animals. 

Three very serious accidents and several minor ones has occurred dur- 
ing the past month. 

* * * 

George Bingham of Oregon City was mistaken for a deer while hunting 
on Trail Creek near the Jackson and Douglas County line. He was shot 
and killed by Wilber Kime on October 30, the day before the season closed. 

* * * 

Elmer Conger, of Jacksonville, was fatally wounded October 17 by 
his brother, A. P. Conger, who mistook him for a deer while hunting in the 
Jenny Creek country, east of Ashland. The bullet penetrated both lungs. 
The young man died the morning of October 18. 

* * * 

Mistaken for a deer while hunting in the mountains about six miles 
north of Canyonville, on Canyon Creek, October 11, Albert A. Dixon was 
shot and seriously injured by Peter C. Christianson. An examination of 
the injuries revealed that the bullet entered the thigh, plowing its way 
through the lower part of the body and lodged beneath the skin of the 
opposite thigh. The wound was a horrible one, as it was inflicted by a 
soft-nose bullet. Mr. Dixon may recover. 

* * * 

Herman Schmidt, of Grants Pass, was shot in the right leg and seri- 
ously injured while hunting deer on October 23. The shot was fired by 
his cousin, Fritz Gerbers, who saw a deer, but aimed high. The bullet 
struck a rock or log and glanced, entering Schmidt's leg three inches above 

the knee. 

* * * 

In the early part of the season two Miller boys, aged 17 and 20 years, 
residents of Leland, were hunting in the Myrtle Creek district when the 
younger fired at the older brother, mistaking him for a deer in the bushes. 

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Fortunately, the bullet struck a twig, stripping the jacket from the lead. 
The jacket struck the older brother in the chest, while the leaden part of 
the bullet cut his scalp for several inches. Neither of the wounds was fatal. 

* * * 

Mistaken for a wildcat, Preston Wilson, of Winstons, was shot through 
the left leg by B. B. Pindell, while hunting in the mountains 30 miles from 
Camas Valley, in Douglas County. 

* * * 

The following accidents have occurred in the shooting of upland birds: 

Albert Zimmerman, of Portland, on October 6 was shot by a friend, 

Hendach Figard, while hunting Chinese pheasants. Figard fired both barrels 

at a rising bird and Zimmerman received the full charge in his lungs and 

abdomen. 

* * * 

On October 8 Henry Boyes, a 15-year-old Albany boy, was accidentally 
shot by a man whom he did not know, while hunting on opposite sides of 
the Santiam Canal, near Albany. One shot hit young Boyes on the wrist 
and another lodged in the ball of his left eye. 

* * # 

J. H. Gibson, vice-president of the Rodgers, Hart, Gibson Company, 
of Portland, while hunting recently on a ranch near Sheridan, was shot 
accidentally by the owner of the farm. A full charge of No. 6 shot entered 
his left hip, severing an artery and causing partial paralysis of the hip. 

* * * 

Clifford Koth, an eight-year-old boy, was shot October 22 by someone 
who was hunting near his home in East St. Johns. Clifford was walking 
in the road near the underbrush with his brother and a playmate, when a 
shot struck the boy in the face and different parts of the body. Investi- 
gation failed to disclose who fired the shot. Dr. Jayne said the wounded 
boy would recover. 



RIDDLE ROD AND GUN CLUB. 

The first annual barbecue of the Eiddle Eod and Gun Club was held 
at Riddle on October 17. There were speeches and prize shooting contests. 
Several bucks were roasted. The celebration was successful in every way. 
People assembled from all sections throughout that part of the country. 

The Riddle club is one of the most active sportsmen's organizations in 
the state. At present there are over two hundred and fifty active members. 
The valley is being stocked with fish and game birds. The club has as its 
motto, "Protect the Does." It has carried on an active campaign and has 
made good. 

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MULTNOMAH FLY-CASTING TOURNAMENT. 

The Multnomah Anglers' Club held its last tournament of the year 
Sunday afternoon, October 26, at the Oaks bathing pavilion, without de- 
veloping any new champions. Although some of the trophies changed 
hands, the present holders had been winners in previous tournaments. Only 
one club record was broken, the accuracy of bait casting percentage being 
raised from 97% to 97 9-15. In distance bait casting, the records were 
low, Winters winning with an average of 122 3-5. Bloch was a very close 
second with an average of 121 feet. The club record was established by 
Leu in the August tournament, when he made five casts averaging 133 
feet. By leading in this event, Winters is twice winner of the Honeyman 
trophy. 

In fly-casting events, Walter F. Backus and George Eae each took two 
events. Backus holds the Abraham trophy for distance fly casting with 
light tackle, and the Archer & Wiggins trophy for delicacy and accuracy 
fly casting. Rae is exhibiting the Backus & Morris trophy for distance 
fly casting with heavy tackle, and the Hudson Arms Co. trophy for accu- 
racy fly casting. Humphreys won for the second time the Friedlander 
trophy for accuracy in bait casting, with Dr. McFarland only a fraction of 
a point behind. 

The tournament committee has a twofold purpose in the tournaments. 
First is to develop more efficiency among the anglers in fly and spoon 
casting; and second, to develop material for a team to enter the interna- 
tional tournament at the San Francisco fair in 1915. Those of the club 
members who have acquired some proficiency in either form of casting 
are glad to coach novices who wish to improve their casting, and will get 
out and try. 

As soon as the weather will permit in the spring, the tournaments will 
be held monthly. 



NEST OF REEVES' PHEASANT. 

Mr. Roy Booth, of Yoncalla, reports that Mr. Ed Sealhin, who lives on 
the adjoining farm, found the nest of a Reeves' pheasant while cutting 
hay during the summer. There were seven eggs and every one hatched. 
This was the first or second week in July. Mr. Booth reports seeing some 
of these birds later on. Mr. Booth also reports seeing young Hungarian 
partridges about his place. This seems to show that both the Reeves' 
pheasants and the Hungarian partridges that have been liberated in that 
part of the country are on the increase. 

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NOTES FROM COUNTIES 



BAKER COUNTY. 

Several cougars have been seen 
in the vicinity of the Fewell Banch 
during this fall, but none killed so 

far. 

* * * 

The Mills boys, of Halfway, re- 
port the killing of two brown bears 
on the 6th of October, between the 
Fewell and McDonald places on Lost 
Horse Meadows. They expected to 
find deer and were so surprised 
that the bears got away for a time; 
but the boys followed and killed 

them both. 

* * * 

Eoss Bennett, Chas. Frost, Ernest 
Hart and Jake Bobbins, of Baker, 
were out for a week's hunting dur- 
ing the last ten days. They were 
very well pleased with the results, 
and say that Dixie Mountains beats 
all for game. Bennett, Frost and 
Bobbins each got a buck deer, while 
Hart killed a big brown bear and a 
bob-cat. They were in the vicinity 
of DeWitt's ranch. 



BENTON COUNTY. 

Sixteen deer are reported by our 
correspondent to have been killed 
by Corvallis sportsmen this season, 
in localities tributary to the college 
city. 



CLACKAMAS. 

Bob White quail are becoming 
quite abundant in the upper Clacka- 
mas country. During the present 



season, the numbers have increased 
in farming communities about Eagle 
Creek, Curransville, Estacada, Spring- 
water and Garfield. This bird adapts 
itself and is of economic value in any 
settled farming community. 



CLATSOP. 



The Necanicum Biver in Clatsop 
County perhaps entertains as many 
fishermen as any other stream in the 
State. This is largely on account 
of its location. It is near one of the 
favorite seaside resorts. As a rule 
it furnishes fairly good fishing at 
almost any season in the year. At 
certain seasons the sea-run cut- 
throat or salmon trout, as it is com- 
monly called, is abundant. At other 
times there is good steel-head trout 
fishing. In the late summer and 
fall there is always a good run of 
"quinas," or Jack salmon. These 
are perhaps the two-year old males 
of the silver-side as well as the 
Chinook salmon. 

Besides the Necanicum, there are 
the Lewis and Clark, Young's Biver, 
Elk Creek, north fork of the 
Nehalem, all good fishing streams 
within easy reach. One of the things 
that makes fishing good in these 
coast streams is that many fish run 
in from the salt water at different 
seasons of the year. 



DOUGLAS COUNTY. 

Hy and Vivian French and Ivan 
and J. E. Pickens caught 50 trout, 



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ranging from 10 to 20 inches, in 
the Umpqua River 16 miles below 
Roseburg. They used salmon eggs 
for bait. J. E. Pickens also landed 
a 6-pound silverside salmon, which 
put up a hard fight. The week 
before Dave Lenox and the two 
Pickens brothers caught 60 trout at 
the same place. 



# * * 



M. L. Whitney, J. S. Wilson, Max 
Meyer and John W. Moore have re- 
turned from a two-weeks' hunting 
trip to Twin Lakes, about 65 miles 
east of Roseburg. Eleven fine deer 
were killed, the largest weighing 
about 175 pounds. This party re- 
ports deer plentiful. Upon their re- 
turn journey, one evening in about 
an hour's time they caught 60 trout 
in the East Umpqua, ranging from 
six to 12 inches in size. They used 
grasshoppers and flies for bait. 



HARNEY COUNTY. 

Unusually high water furnishes 
an abundance of good shooting just 
outside the boundaries of Lake Mal- 
heur National Bird Reservation. 



S. E. Bartmess, E. L. Scobee and 
A. S. Keir, business men of Hood 
River, spent several days in the vi- 
cinity of Narrows this month. After 
securing the pro rata of ducks they 
made a flying trip to the P Ranch 
and secured some good goose shoot 
ing. 



JACKSON COUNTY. 

John Norris went fishing or 
Rogue River October 5 and caught 
18 steelheads, ranging in weight 
from 3% to 8% pounds, using Griz- 
zley King flies. 



The silverside salmon are run- 
ning in the Umpqua, and afford ex- 
cellent sport. 

* * * 

Walter Cordon caught 16 fine cut- 
throat trout October 11 in the city 
limits of Roseburg, in the South 
Umpqua River, ranging from 12 to 
18 inches. He used salmon spawn 
and spoons for bait. Fishing is re- 
ported excellent in the vicinity of 
Roseburg. Three fine silverside 
salmon were brought in the morn- 
ing of October 13, totaling 62 
pounds, caught near the forks .of 
the North and South Umpqua River, 
six miles south of Roseburg. Spoon 
hooks were used. 



Frank Isaacs recently caught 12 
steelheads in Rogue River in one 
afternoon, ranging from 5^ to 12% 
pounds. 

* * * 

The large 7-point buck killed 
within a mile of Jacksonville, and 
the six large bucks and a cub bear 
brought in from the Dead Indian 
country, have greatly stimulated the 
hunting spirit. 



Quail, both the mountain and val- 
ley varieties, are abundant, appar- 
ently more than in any previous 
year. The limit is brought in by 
the majority of hunters. 



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JOSEPHINE COUNTY. 

Big catches of steelheads are re- 
ported all along Eogue Eiver. 

* * * 

Clyde Walker caught six steel- 
heads in the Eogue Eiver which 
weighed 41 pounds. 



KLAMATH COUNTY. 

Duck shooting has been rather 
poor up to date, except for the first 
few days of the season in Klamath, 
owing to the northern ducks not 
having arrived yet. With stormy 
weather the Klamath marshes will 
be alive with the feathered tribe. 



LAKE COUNTY. 



The movement of the mule deer 
toward their winter feeding grounds 
in the Deschutes Game Eeserve is 
reported from northern Lake County, 
although the majority will not be 
on the desert before the heavy 
snows. The greater number at pres- 
ent are in the Winter Eidge, Mt. 
Hagar and Yamsay Mountain dis- 
tricts. 



LANE COUNTY. 



Dr. Wood and J. B. Hills, of Oak 
Eidge, bagged a 5-point buck on 
Salmon Creek which weighed 160 
pounds, dressed. 



* # * 



The upper Willamette and Mc- 
Kenzie Eiver country have been 
sought by many sportsmen on ac- 
count of the variety and abundance 
of big game. Deer, bears, cougars, 



wolves and bobcats are abundant, 
while the streams teem with fish. 



Frank Warner, of Oak Eidge, 
killed a large 5-point buck out of a 
bunch of five bucks on Salmon 
Creek divide. 



LINN COUNTY. 



Among the successful hunters in 
the Brownsville country may be 
mentioned George Fetzel, who re- 
cently returned from a hunt with 
two bears and two deer. 

* v. * 

Fishing has not been good in the 
vicinity of Albany during the past 
month, but no difficulty has been 
experienced in bagging the limit 
of five male Chinese pheasants. 
* * # 

Hunting licenses to the number 
of 213 were issued at Albany in 
one day during the first part of 
October. 



MARION COUNTY. 

Data collected by Deputy Game 
Warden Mount, at Silverton, shows 
that 81 sportsmen in one week killed 
a total of 261 Chinese pheasants, or 
an average of a little over three 
birds to the man. These hunters dur- 
ing the same period killed 13 quail 
and four grouse. 



MORROW COUNTY. 

Fishing is fairly good in Willow 
and Rhea Creeks, though the water 
in both streams is low at present. 
James Clark, a stockman living on 



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the north fork of the John Day 
River, says he never had such good 
fishing in his life as he and his son 
William enjoyed recently on the 
headwaters of Potamus Creek. This 
is a little-known stream in an out- 
of-the-way corner of the mountains, 
but is easily accessible to those who 
know the way. 

77 * * 

Several deer have already been 
killed in the vicinity of Brown 
Prairie, though most of the hunters 
report that the dry weather has 
made satisfactory hunting out of 
the question. 



MULTNOMAH COUNTY. 

Dick Bartlett, who lives on Gov- 
ernment Island, killed a record male 
Chinese pheasant on October 27. The 
bird weighed 47 ounces. 



POLK. 

During the last few years jack- 
rabbits have become more abundant 
through the valley. These animals 
seem to be working up from the 
south. A new form of sport has 
arisen in chasing jackrabbits by 
automobile. Late in the afternoon 
or after dark these animals often 
feed along the roads. When a ma- 
chine approaches throwing a strong 
light ahead, the jack gets scared and 
immediately sets out at break-neck 
speed. As a rule he goes straight 
away down the road. If one desires 
an exciting chase all that is necessary 
is to get a good healthy jack on' a 
smooth road after dark with a fast 
machine puffing and chugging in 
his rear. 



UMATILLA COUNTY. 

Jack Hammersley, of Pendleton, 
claims the distinction of having 
bagged the largest brown bear killed 
in the mountains of Umatilla County 
for many years. Aided by a small 
shepherd dog Hammersley treed the 
bear near the head of the east fork 
of Meacham Creek, Saturday, Oc- 
tober 4. 

* * * 

Grouse are more plentiful along 
the brakes of Meacham Creek than 
for many years. Huron Ridge, 
Black Mountain and Wilbur Moun- 
tain are proving the most popular 
retreats for the hunters because of 
their accessibility to Pendleton. At- 
torney G. W. Coutts and his son 
Earl spent two days on Huron 
Ridge, bagging the limit. They re- 
port having seen several hundred 
birds. The grouse are now on top 
of the ridges, and are feeding in 
the tamaracks as well as in the 
thorn bush thickets. 

# *• # 

The opening of the duck season 
witnessed the greatest sport of this 
kind Umatilla County has ever en- 
joyed. Owing to the creation of 
the Cold Springs National Bird Res- 
ervation, more ducks wintered in 
the west end of the county than 
ever before. When the nesting sea- 
son arrived they scattered among 
the lakes in the west end and along 
the Umatilla River, with the re- 
sult that thousands of ducks were 
produced where very few had been 
raised before. The sport lasted for 
but a short time, however, as many 



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of the native ducks were killed and 
the remainder betook themselves to 
the refuge where they are not be- 
ing molested. The flight of north- 
ern birds has not yet arrived. 



* * * 



Deer hunting has been carried on 
with difficulty so far this season, 
owing to the unusually dry weather. 
The signs, however, indicate the 

game to be plentiful. 

* * * 

Johnny Russell, of the Pendleton 
police force, James Hartnett, Frank 
Sullivan and Jack Gibson returned 
from a hunting trip in the vicinity 
of Lehman Springs. They report 
having bagged four bucks and many 
birds, as well as having seen a num- 
ber of elk on the head of Meadow 

Creek. 

* * * 

Claude Crow killed two mule deer 
near the head of McKay Creek, 
while William Shaw bagged one in 
the mountains just east of Pilot 
Rock. These deer were all killed 
within a day's journey from 

Pendleton. 

* * * 

Bears are reported to be more nu- 
merous than for many years in the 
vicinity of the Toll Gate, in the 
Black Mountain country, and in 
that part of the mountains in which 
Birch, Pearson, Olcott and Meadow 

Creeks head. 

* * * 

The Pendleton "Live Wire" re- 
ports that Eastern brook trout are 
becoming plentiful in the more slug- 
gish portions of Meacham Creek 
above Gibbon, and also that these 



trout are becoming quite common 
in portions of Umatilla River. This 
is interesting for the fact that the 
Eastern brook trout is an intro- 
duced species. 



UNION COUNTY. 

A large bear is reported to be 
doing considerable damage by run- 
ning horses and cattle through wire 
fences in the Rock and Ladd Creek 
countries. Mr. W. M. Pierce has a 
standing reward of $20 for the kill- 
ing of the animal. 



WALLOWA. 

The eastern brook trout which 
were planted in Aneroid and Ice 
Lakes, about 7000 feet altitude, in 
the Joseph Mountains, are reported 
to be in good condition. Some of 
these fish have been seen which are 
from six to eight inches in length. 



WASHINGTON COUNTY. 

Mrs. C. A. Hoyt killed a cub bear 

with a .22 rifle near Forest Grove. 

* # * 

Pishing is reported fair along 
Gales Creek and good on the Wil- 
son River. Quite a number of fish- 
ing parties are camping along Wil- 
son River, and report good catches. 
Chinese pheasant hunters are out in 
large numbers and nearly all are 
getting their limit bags. Birds were 
tame and plentiful in this vicinity. 
An occasional buck is being brought 
in and a number of bears have been 
killed. Two fine specimens of black 
bear bagged by local hunters were 
exhibited recently, and also several 
cubs. 



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THE SPIRIT OF SPORTSMANSHIP. 

One of the most hopeful signs in fish and game protection 
throughout Oregon is the rapid development of a better class of 
sportsmanship in angling and hunting. The protection of game 
and the enforcement of game laws are matters of growth and 
education. Formerly game was abundant. The country was 
unsettled and little or no attention was paid to game laws. This 
is the case even at the present time in some sections of the State. 
Yet in the advance of civilization it becomes necessary to have 
game laws and to live up to these laws. The effectiveness of 
game protection is governed by the interest of the people and 
the spirit of those who hunt and fish. 

Many people wink at the tales of an angler when he con- 
tinually boasts of the number of fish he catches and the size of 
the big ones that get away. They also look with suspicion upon 
the hunter who brags about the number of birds he shoots. The 
majority of people know that a true sportsman does not judge 
the success of his hunt by the size of his game bag. 

There are certain things in the advance of civilization and 
in the rapid development of firearms that help to discourage 
good sportsmanship. The modern, up-to-date gun has it over 
the old-style gun because it is a cheaper instrument with a far 
greater killing capacity. The substitution of the pump and au- 
tomatic shotgun for the single and double-barreled shotgun en- 
courages a great deal of carelessness among hunters. It takes 
a deal of training to make a real sportsman out of a hunter with 
an automatic gun. It is like trying to make a useful American 
citizen out of a boy whose father has left him a fortune. 

The modern rapid-fire guns encourage hunters to take 
greater chances in killing and to be less careful in their shoot- 

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ing. A hunter who knows he has but one or two shots is more 
careful in aim than if he knows he can fire from five to ten 
shots as rapidly as .he can pull the trigger. A man with an au- 
tomatic often begins shooting before his birds are within range 
and continues shooting until they are far out of reach. As a 
result, a larger number of birds are wounded to get away and 
die in some fence corner. With high-powered rifles, many a 
deer hunter takes absurd chances and many an animal is 
wounded, never to be found except by a predatory cat, cougar 
or wolf. 

Organizations of sportsmen should commend the use of the 
double-barreled shotgun in preference to the pump or automatic 
in wild fowl shooting. The smaller bore, closer-shooting shot- 
guns are also to be recommended. A true sportsman frowns on 
potting a sitting bird rather than giving it a flying chance. 



DUCK SHOOTING ALONG THE COLUMBIA. 

The joy of the hunt comes to the amateur and not to the 
professional. A certain amount of duck shooting along the 
Columbia River and a good number of duck hunters are not so 
much in the amateur class as they are professionals. By pro- 
fessionals, we mean they are too much interested in the killing 
and in the amount of game killed, rather than the true spirit 
of sport. 

There is a great deal of overflow land along the Columbia 
River. There are many small and large lakes, ponds and sloughs 
which are ideal feeding and resting places for ducks. As popula- 
tion increased and more people became interested in duck shoot- 
ing, the owners of the lowlands along the Columbia rented their 
lakes and ponds for shooting privileges. They have asked higher 
and higher rents each year until their prices have become 
unreasonable. 

In addition to this, as the number of duck hunters increased 
and ducks became less in number, the baiting or feeding of lakes 
and ponds became a common practice. Hundreds of tons of 

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wheat are fed to wild ducks along the Columbia River each 
season to decoy the birds to the blind. 

The high rents that are paid for shooting privileges and the 
large amount of wheat that is fed places a money value on many 
ducks of from two to five dollars each. It is this excessive cost 
and these conditions that make many duck, hunters feel that they 
have a right to kill a large number of birds because they are 
paying out a big amount of money. The sport, therefore, is re- 
duced to a money basis. It is but natural that certain of these 
duck hunters are asking for the privilege of selling their ducks. 

For many years it has been a sort of an unwritten law with 
the best class of sportsmen along the Columbia to shoot but once 
a week. Certain hunters are overstepping this rule and shooting 
twice and three times a week. The Federal law for the protec- 
tion of migratory birds lays down a rule that is fair for one and 
all — no shooting between sunset and sunrise. Yet there is a 
certain class of sportsmen who cannot withhold from potting 
birds before the legal time of shooting. 

We desire to call the attention of those sportsmen who are 
interested in duck shooting along the Columbia to the facts and 
conditions as they exist today. The time has come when the 
better class of sportsmen must assert themselves and when the 
spirit of real sportsmanship must be shown. 



ANOTHER HUNTER KILLED. 

In addition to the hunting accidents published in the Novem- 
ber issue of The Oregon Sportsman, Louis Meyers, of Canby, was 
accidentally shot November 18th by Clifford Nill. These two, with 
Walter Krueger, were hunting ducks along the Pudding River 
bottom. Meyers was in front of Nill, about six feet, when a 
flock of ducks flew up. Meyers threw up his gun for a quick 
shot. Nill, who was a few feet behind, must have started to do 
the same thing, when his weapon was discharged and Meyers got 
the full charge of shot between the shoulder blades. Death fol- 
lowed almost instantly. Meyers was 28 years old and unmarried. 

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Rivers and Streams of Oregon 

With Some Descriptions of the Country, Fish and Fishing— Part I 

By John Gill. 

(Note. — For a number of years Mr. John Gill has been collecting data 
concerning the streams of Oregon, the kind of fish that inhabit the different 
waters, and other material about fishing conditions. The Oregon Sportsman 
will publish this data in several installments, the first of which appears in 
this issue. It will be found of considerable interest to anglers. — Editor.) 

THE NEHALEM RIVER. 

This is the largest river of Oregon save those whose sources 
are in the eternal snows of the Cascade Mountains. The Nehalem 
from source to outlet is a hundred miles in length. The main 
stream rises in high mountains in the northeast corner of Tilla- 
mook County, flowing thence eastward through Washington 
County and north into Columbia County, where it makes a great 
semi-circle, and at the mouth of the Fishhawk, on the line between 
Columbia and Clatsop Counties, turns southwestward, and enters 
the sea exactly to westward of the source above described. 

Many fine tributary streams swell Nehalem 's waters; one, 
the Salmonberry, rises on the western slope of the range which 
forms the head of the main river, and the course of the Salmon- 
berry is so directly westward that the valley affords a way for 
the Pacific Railway and Navigation Company on its route from 
Portland to Tillamook. 

Until the completion of the railroad in 1912, the upper waters 
of Nehalem were rarely visited by anglers, but the Salmonberry 
has become a favorite with our fishermen, and furnishes rather 
meagre entertainment for numerous travelers who cannot resist 
the beauties of the stream, seen at its best from the railroad, wind- 
ing down seaward amid magnificent mountains and forests. 

Rock Creek, a large tributary flowing north from the central 
source of Nehalem, is one of the wildest streams of northwestern 
Oregon. It is inaccessible by road except from the valley of the 
Nehalem at Vernonia. Its course is among high mountains and 
solemn forests, and the stream is deep, clear and strong. The 
mountain sources of the upper Nehalem carry the winter snows 

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till late in spring, so Rock Creek and the east and main fork are 
too cold for fly-fishing till the summer is well advanced. 

From Vernonia (which can be reached by a fifteen-mile drive 
from Timber or Buxton, on the P. R. & N. line, or a little 
longer route by way of Clatskanie) the Nehalem is too deep for 
wading except at a very low stage. The valley is more level and 
the stream not much broken. The river maintains this rather 
tranquil character for twenty-five miles or more, and is better 
fished by boat. The fishing of the main river and tributaries is ex- 
cellent after midsummer, and the western branches in the lower 
country are best for early fishing. One of these, the Fishhawk, rises 
at the south side of the hills which front the Columbia at Woods 
Landing, on the A. & C. R. R. From this station a good trail of 
nine miles, following the Fishhawk down to its mouth, leads to 
the Nehalem. A good road crosses the low divide between Clats- 
kanie and Mist on Nehalem, the distance also nine miles. This 
route is the most convenient for anglers who desire to reach the 
middle Nehalem from the Columbia. 

For those who seek the upper waters of the Nehalem, roads 
lead from Buxton or Timber. From Houlton and St. Helens a 
stage road crosses the range at Bunker Hill, leading to Pittsburg, 
Vernonia and Rock Creek. The lower river is conveniently 
reached by rail to points west of the Salmonberry; and there is 
also a fair wagon road from Seaside, up Nekanakum to its source, 
and then over the divide and down the north fork of Nehalem. 
one. of the streams that may be safely counted upon for fine fish- 
ing either summer or fall. 

The ranges about Bunker Hill are famous deer hunting 
country. This mountain, about two thousand feet above the Co- 
lumbia, is the source of Milton and Scappoose, of Clatskanie, and 
of Nehalem branches. 

Streams like Nehalem, Trask, Wilson, Nestucca and other 
big streams rising in the Coast Range, are favorable especially 
for the production of numerous large cut-throat trout. It is a 
mistake to suppose that trout prefer ice-cold, torrential waters. 

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They seek such waters rarely, and such cold, swift streams are 
peopled by little trout rather than by the plump patriarchs. There 
is better and much more abundant insect food along the lower 
valley, where the waters move more leisurely, and the warmth 
of these wider lower runs is also a great factor in the rapid growth 
of the trout. 

In all these coast streams the main river may be expected to 
yield the larger fish, but less numerously, and only to more skill- 
ful fishers. Nehalem often proves exasperating to the fly-fisher- 
man, because the big trout which are readily seen lazily basking 
in its pools, are too well fed to take the risk of dashing out of 
water for a prize inferior to the usual feed in the deeper regions 
of the pools. 

The fall and winter fishing on Nehalem and its western tribu- 
taries is magnificent, as also on the rivers to southward — the 
spritely "quinna," silverside and chum salmon being very abund- 
ant; and in November and onward through the winter the run 
of steelheads is of the finest quality. 



LAWS GOVERNING SEASONS ON GAME FISH. 

The open season on trout over 6 inches is from April 1st to 

October 1st. The limit is 75 fish or 50 pounds in any one day. 

The open season on trout over 10 inches is from November 1st 
to March 31st of the following year, during which time it is un- 
lawful to have trout in possession under 10 inches in length. The 
bag limit is 50 fish or 50 pounds in any one day. 

Bass, crappies, Williamson's white fish, catfish and grayling 
open season all year with hook and line only. Bag limit 40 
pounds in any one day. 

As many under-sized fish, those under 10 inches, will be 
hooked during the winter months, care should be taken in remov- 
ing them and replacing them in the water. One should always 
moisten his hands before grasping the fish. If this is not done, 
the dry hand injures the fish and this often causes a growth of 
fungus. 

Always kill a fish that is large enough to keep, as soon as 
taken from the hook. This can be done by giving it a stroke with 
a stick on the head, just back of the eyes. This avoids suffering 
and makes your fish better for table use. 

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WHERE TO FISH IN DECEMBER. 

By Walter F. Backus. 

December is the hardest month in which to find fair fishing. It 
seems to be just between seasons. About the only fish worth going after 
at this time is the sea trout, or as commonly called ' ' salmon trout. ' ' The 
run of silverside salmon is about over by December first and the steelheads 
do not come in until several weeks later. As the sea trout usually follow 
in these salmon runs, it is easy to see why December is usually such a lean 
month for the anglers. Still, the persistent fisherman can generally get 
enough good ones to make life worth living. 

Scappoose Creek, twenty miles north of the city, is a favorite haunt 
of the sea trout. The lower reaches of this stream run through meadow 
lands, with a deep, slow current, and a surprising number of large trout 
are taken there each winter. From now on until Christmas Scappoose Creek 
ought to be a good bet. 

A little further down we have Clatskanie Creek, and Big Creek at 
Knappa, both of which yield a lot of fine fish at this time of year. The 
Nekanakum River is an excellent all-winter stream, as both steelheads and 
sea trout are taken there in large numbers. 

For a short trip the Sandy River is a great favorite with local anglers. 
This river has a good run of large trout each fall, but by this time the fish 
are usually pretty well scattered. A very heavy run of silverside salmon 
came up the Sandy last month, and furnished excellent spoon fishing. This 
may result in a follow-up run of sea trout, so that the river will bear watch- 
ing for a few weeks. About the middle of December the steelheads enter 
the Sandy, and a few are taken on bait from then until June first, when 
the big run is due. 

The Clackamas River should furnish some sea trout fishing at this 
time, but it seldom does. As a salmon stream this river seems to be going 
back, and this probably accounts for the decreasing supply of trout. 

Some good trout are taken in the Willamette River between Sellwood 
and the mouth of the Clackamas. Every good eddy in the river has its little 
population of ' ' salmon trout, ' ; which works slowly up stream, and the 
patient angler is usually rewarded by taking home several two-pounders. 

The Columbia River beach, just above the Vancouver ferry, is another 
favorite haunt for both fish and fishermen. Every Sunday finds dozens of 
campfires along the sand bar, where the fishermen congregate to keep warm, 
exchange lies, and occasionally pull in a fine trout. 



For the accommodation of anglers, we print the following table show- 
ing short winter fishing trips out of Portland: 



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PORTLAND RAILWAY, LIGHT & POWER COMPANY. 

Cazadero Trip — Springwater Division. 

For fishing in the Clackamas Biver and tributaries. 

Leave Portland (First and Alder) 5:20 A. M., Sunday only. Two 

hours' ride; 6:50 A. M., daily; 8:45 A. M., daily. And every two hours 

thereafter until 6:45 P. M. 

Leave Cazadero 6:40 A. M., daily, arrive Portland 8:38 A. M.j 8:45 
A. M., daily, arrive Portland 10:40 A. M. And every two hours thereafter 
until 4:45 P. M.; 8:45 P. M., daily, arrive Portland 10:40 P. M. 

Week-end round trip, good returning Monday, $1.00. Eound-trip fare, 
good returning within thirty days, $1.40. 

Oregon City — O. W. P. Division. 
For fishing along Willamette Eiver and at Willamette Falls. 
Leave Portland (First and Alder) 4:30 A. M., Sunday only. One hour's 
ride. 6:30 A. M., daily. And every half hour thereafter until 11:59 P. M. 
Leave Oregon City 5:30 A. M., daily except Sunday; 5:46 A. M., daily; 
6:17 A. M., daily. And every half hour thereafter until 11:05 P. M. 
Round-trip fare, 40 cents. 

Bull Run Trip — Mt. Hood Division. 
For fishing in Sandy River and Bull Bun Park. 
Leave Portland (First and Alder) 7:50 A. M., daily, arrive Bull Bun 
9:35 A. M. Leave Portland 9:50 A. M., daily, arrive Bull Bun 11:35 A. M. 
And every two hours thereafter until 5:55 P. M. 

Leave Bull Bun 7:20 A. M., daily, arrive Portland 9:30 A. M. Leave 
Bull Bun 9:40 A. M., daily, arrive Portland 11:30 A. M. And every two 
hours thereafter until 5:40 P. M. 

Bound-trip fare, good returning within 30 days, $1.00. Bound-trip 
fare, good Sunday only, 75 cents. 

Troutdale Trip — Via Montavilla. 
For fishing in Sandy Biver and along banks of Columbia. 
Leave Third and Yamhill, transfer Eightieth and Glisan for Mt. Hood 
depot, allowing 50 minutes to Mount Hood depot. 

Leave Montavilla for Troutdale — first train 6:15 A. M. (About hourly 
service thereafter.) 

Leave Troutdale 5:45 A. M. Last train 6:10 P. M. (About hourly 
service.) 

Bound-trip fare, 60 cents. 

SPOKANE, PORTLAND & SEATTLE RAILWAY COMPANY. 

Seaside Trip — Astoria Division. 
Fishing on Nekanakum and Neacoxie Bivers and Elk Creek. 
Leave Portland 8:10 A. M., arrive Seaside 1:05 P. M. Leave Portland 
6:30 P. M., arrive Seaside 11:15 P. M. 

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Leave Seaside 6:50 A. M., arrive Portland 12:15 P. M. Leave Seaside 
5:05 P. M., arrive Portland 10:10 P. M. 

Bound-trip rate, week end, $3.00; 30-day limit, $4.00. 

Mayger Trip — Astoria Division. 
For fishing in Beaver Creek. 
Leave Portland 6:30 P. M., arrive Mayger 8:21 P. M. Leave Portland 
8:10 A. M., arrive Mayger 10:10 A. M. 

Leave Mayger 8:07 P. M., arrive Portland 10:10 P. M. Leave Mayger 
10:10 A. M., arrive Portland 12:15 P. M. 
Bound-trip rate, week end, $2.25. 

Clifton Trip — Astoria Division. 
For fishing in Gnat Creek. 
Leave Portland 6:30 P. M., arrive Clifton 9:18 P. M. Leave Portland 
8:10 A. M., arrive Clifton 11:12 A. M. 

Leave Clifton 9:12 A. M., arrive Portland 10:10 P. M. Leave Clifton 
7:03 P. M., arrive Portland 12:15 P. M. 
Bound-trip rate, week end, $3.00: 

Mist Trip — Astoria Division. 

For fishing in Clatskanie and headwaters of Nehalem Bivers. Beached 
by a ten-mile stage ride from Clatskanie station to Mist. 

Leave Portland 6:30 P. M., arrive Clatskanie 8:37 P. M. Leave Port- 
land 8:10 A. M., arrive Clatskanie 10:27 A. M. 

Leave Clatskanie 9:53 A. M., arrive Portland 12:15 P. M. Leave Clat- 
skanie 7:50 P. M., arrive Portland 10:10 P. M. 

Bound trip, week end, $2.50. 

Tide Creek Trip — Astoria Division. 

For fishing in Tide Creek. 
Leave Portland 8:10 A. M., arrive Deer Island station 9:21 A. M. 
. Leave Deer Island 8:54 P. M., arrive Portland 10:10 P. M. 
Bound trip, week end, $3.00. 

Knappa Trip — Astoria Division. 
For fishing in Clatskanie and Big Creeks. 
Leave Portland 8:10 A. M., arrive Knappa 11:32 A. M. 
Leave Knappa 6:40 P. M., arrive Portland 10:10 P. M. 
Bound trip, week end, $1.35. 

Scappoose Trip — Astoria Division. 
For fishing in Scappoose Creek. 
Leave Portland 8:10 A. M., arrive Scappoose 8:55 A. M. 
Leave Scappoose 9:23 P. M., arrive Portland 10:10 P. M. 
Bound trip, week end, 80 cents. 

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OPEN SEASON FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS UNDER FEDERAL 

REGULATIONS. 




Zones Adopted Under Federal Law Protecting" Migratory Birds. 

ZONE NO. 1. 
Waterfowl Sept. 1 — Dec. 16 

Exceptions: Massachusetts Sept. 15 — Jan. 1 

New York (except Long Island) Sept. 16 — Dec. 16 

Long Island, Oregon, Washington Oct. 1 — Jan 16 

New Jersey Nov. 1 — Feb. 1 

Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin. .Sept. 7 — Dec. 1 

Rails, coots, gallinules Sept. 1 — Dec. 1 

Exceptions: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island 

Aug. 15 — Dec. 1 

Connecticut, Michigan, New York, Long Island Sept. 16 — Dec. 1 

Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin. .Sept. 7 — Dec. 1 

Oregon, Washington Oct. 1 — Jan. 16 

Woodcock Oct. 1 — Dec. 1 

Exceptions: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey.. Oct. 10 — Dec. 1 

Rhode Island Nov. 1 — Dec. 1 

Pennsylvania, Long Island Oct. 15 — Dec. 1 

Shore birds — Black-breasted and golden plover, jacksnipe, yellowlegs 

Sept. 1 — Dec. 16 

Exceptions: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode 

Island, Long Island Aug. 15 — Dec. 1 

New York (except Long Island) Sept. 16 — Dec. 1 

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Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin. .Sept. 7 — Dec. 1 

Oregon, Washington Oct. 1 — Dec. 1 6 

ZONE NO. 2. 

Waterfowl . . '. Oct. 1 — Jan. 16 

Exceptions: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, 

Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas Nov. 1 — Feb. 1 

District of Columbia, Kansas, New Mexico, West 

Virginia Sept. 1 — Dec. 16 

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina Nov. 20 — Feb. 16 

Missouri, Nevada Sept. 15 — Jan. 1 

Arizona, California Oct. 15 — Feb. 1 

Rails, coots, gallinules Sept. 1 — Dec. 1 

Exceptions: Tennessee, Utah Oct. 1 — Dec. 1 

Missouri Sept. 15 — Jan. 1 

Louisiana Nov. 1 — Feb. 1 

Arizona, California (coots) Oct. 15 — Feb. 1 

Woodcock Nov. 1 — Jan. 1 

Exceptions: Delaware, Louisiana Nov. 15 — Jan. 1 

West Virginia Oct. 1 — Dec. 1 

Georgia Dee. 1 — Jan. 1 

Shore birds — Black-breasted and golden plover, jacksnipe, yellowlegs 

Sept. 1 — Dec. 16 

Exceptions: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina Nov. 20 — Feb. 1 

Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas Nov. 1 — Feb. 1 

Tennessee Oct. 1 — Dec. 16 

Arizona, California Oct. 15 — Feb. 1 

Utah (snipe) Oct. 1 — Dec. 16 

Utah (plover and yellowlegs) Sept. 1, 1918 

Insectivorous birds protected indefinitely. Band-tailed pigeons, cranes, 
swans, curlew, smaller shore birds, and wood ducks protected until Sep- 
tember 1, 1918. Rails in Vermont and woodcock in Illinois also protected 
until 1918. Wood ducks in Kansas and West Virginia, rails and wood ducks 
in California, and woodcock in Missouri are also protected until Septem- 
ber 1, 1918. 

Shooting prohibited between sunset and sunrise; or at any time on sec- 
tions of upper Mississippi and Missouri Rivers indicated on map. 



TRAPPERS' LICENSES. 

Up to December 1st, 1,180 trappers' licenses had been issued for the 

1913-1914 season, which extends from November 1st to February 28th. Before 
the close of the season it is probable that over 1,500 trappers' licenses will 
be issued, which would indicate that the fur-bearing animals are of great 
economic importance to the state, furnishing employment to a small army 
of men for at least a portion of their time when it is lawful to trap. 

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SHORE BIRD SEASON CLOSES DECEMBER 15. 

I he season on black-breasted and golden plover. "Wilson or jacksnipe. 
and greater and lesser yellow^.- aes December 15th. After that date it 
will be a violation of the Federal laws to hunt the above birds during the 
-fd season, ending September 30th. 1914. 

Th- zien should bear in mind that where there is a conflict of 

the Federal and State laws governing the shooting of migratory birds, the 
7- eral laws takes precedence, and all cases of violation will be tried in 
the Federal eourts at Portland. 

The shore birds have been disappearing more rapidly than any of the 
water birds. This fact hs s sed the Department of Agriculture to close 

the season on all of the shore birds, except those above named, until Sep- 
tember 1st. 191fl 

Another reason which has induced the Department of Agriculture to 

ason on some of the smaller wading birds, such as the killdeer. 

plover, and other small shore birds commonly known as ' ' sand-pe- 

that it has been determined, after a careful investigation, that many of 

are too valuable, from the standpoint of the farmer, to allow 

them to be killed for sport. 

The killdeer. for instance, the most common of the Oregon shore birds. 
- imes large numbers of mosquito larvae, crane fly larvae, which is de- 
structive to grass and wheat fielo- _ —hoppers, wire worms, boll weevil, 
clover leaf weevil, as well as other weevils which attack cotton, grapes and 
sugar be etc 

The life history of the killdeer is but a repetition of the history of 
many of the other shore birds, the economic record of which dese. 
nothing but praise. These birds injure no crops, but on the contrary feed 
upon many of the — rat ~emies of the farmer. 

SHOOTING FOE CHARITY. 

Portland sportsmen have shown a commendable spirit in shooting game 
for : rity just prior to Thanksgiving. The idea was conceived by a group 
of sportsmen a short time before Thanksgiving, and received sueh hearty 
support from many of the duck hunters that it at once became a reality. 

Personal letters were sent out to different sportsmen, who responded 
individually and as members of the various gun clubs. Some hunters re- 
turned with the limit and placed their entire shoot at the disposal of the 
committee in charge. 

Between Sunday and the day before Thanksgiving 481 ducks, 3 
. - rabbits ~rir sent in and distributed. The larger part of 

the game was sent to the various homes for the aged about Portland. In 
addition to these, fifty-nine poor families were also supplied. 

The sportsmen who were behind the movement were well satisfied and 
anticipate greater Boeeesi next year. 
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SPORTSMEN INTERESTED IN STATE CONVENTION. 

Interest in the proposed state convention of sportsmen which has been 
set for January 16th and 17th at Portland is growing in different parts of the 
state. Many replies have been received by the committee in charge. A 
number of game protective organizations from different parts of the state 
have already elected delegates. A large attendance is expected. Invita- 
tions have been sent to prominent men in the East who have accomplished 
results in game protection and propagation. An attractive program is being 
arranged, including lectures on game protection and propagation, moving 
pictures of hunting and fishing and reports from different counties. Rep- 
resentative sportsmen will be present fTom Washington and California to 
take up subjects of mutual interest along the Pacific Coast. 



NOTES FROM COUNTIES 



BAKER COUNTY. 

A rod and gun club was recently 
formed at Cornucopia, in Baker 
County. The officers elected were 
C. E. Buxton, president: Jim Cooley, 
secretary, and A. X. Fisher, of 
Halfway, treasurer. People in the 
surrounding country have been 
asked to join the club and help in 
matters of game protection. 



BENTON COUNTY. 

Charles Rycraft killed a large. 

five-point buck, weighing '215 pounds. 

the last day of the hunting season. 
* * * 

Black bass are reported quite 
abundant in Bowers * Slough, north 
of Corvallis. 

A party of four sportsmen from 
Corvallis landed 56 of these fish in 

?nort time. 



DOUGLAS COUNTY. 
The last week of the open season 
brought many hunters to the coun- 



try around Tiller, Oregon, and the 
reports have i: that ; great many 
deer were killed. T. M. Ware. Jesse 
Ware and W. E. Mynatr killed sis 
bucks at Bunchgrass. Homer Smith. 
W. Robertson. H. H. Olinger and 
John Mover killed eight deer 
one bear. T. B. Kay. State Trr is- 
urer. was lis with this party. He 
killed two deer and went out ahead 
of the others. 

* * * 

On November 13 two inmates of 
the Oregon Soldiers' Home, jost 
across the river from Roseburg. 
_j-7 seven s:eelheads ranging 
from eight to twelve pounds. The 
fish were caught by trolling near the 

Soldiers' Home buildin^- 

* * * 

E. H. Bahlman. a residen: :z 
Roseburg, on November S caught 
six cut-throat trout, ranging from 
12 to 15 inches in length, jost :ut- 
side the city limits, using salmon 
e££s for bait. 



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Jas. Sawyer and brother, Gard 
Sawyer, were out hunting in Oc- 
tober about 35 miles from Roseburg, 
in the Loon Lake district, which is 
one of the largest timber districts 
in the state. They report deer in 
that vicinity very plentiful. They 
bagged four bucks, the largest of 
which, when dressed, weighed 171 
pounds. They also killed two bob- 
cats and four bears; one large 
brown, two large black bears, and 
one yearling black bear. During 
the last summer Gard Sawyer killed 
19 cougars, and while out on one 
of these trips he killed 14 bob- 
cats. They found six or seven 
small herds of elk grazing in this 

vicinity. 

* * * 

On November 8, the disciples of 
Isaac Walton caught about 150 cut- 
throat trout in the neighborhood of 
Roseburg, according to L. B. Moore, 
Southern Pacific agent at that place. 
The bait used was salmon eggs for 

the most part. 

* * * 

Dave Lenox, Harry Winston and 
W. C. Winston returned from a 
week or ten days' hunting trip on 
the South Umpqua River above 
Tiller on October 29. The first day 
they were out hunting they counted 
72 deer. The party secured 13 fine 
bucks, the largest of which weighed 
about 170 pounds. The party also 

killed two bears. 

* * * 

Mr. J. W. Perkins, of Roseburg, 
reports that many of the Chinese 
pheasants, which had become quite 



tame about the city, were killed dur- 
ing the open season, which extended 
from October 1st to 31st. He says 
that the season in Douglas County 
should be closed next year, as the 
birds are worth a great deal to the 
county as an attraction to eastern 

tourists. 

* * * 

L. B. Moore, Southern Pacific 
agent at Roseburg, xeports that in 
one day in the fore part of No- 
vember, 11 silverside salmon were 
caught by Frank Dunn near the 
forks of the North and South Ump- 
qua River, about six miles from 
Roseburg. These fish ranged from 
six to fifteen pounds. They were 
caught by trolling. 



HARNEY COUNTY. 

Mr. George B. Marsden. of Burns, 
Oregon, reports the killing of a 
fine specimen of a mule deer dur- 
ing the past season. The carcass 
dressed 314 pounds. The antlers 
have a spread of 26 inches and have 
four points on each side. 

The Oregon Sportsman desires 
other data of this kind as to the 
exact weight of deer that are 
killed, as well as the spread of the 
horns. 



JOSEPHINE COUNTY. 

Mr. S. L. Smith, Southern Pacific 
agent at Leland, reports that trap- 
pers will probably do well in that 
section this winter, as it is reported 
that there are an unusual number of 

skunk, mink, and other bur bearers. 
# * * 

Cougars have been reported plen- 



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tiful in the vicinity of Placer, eight 
miles east of Leland. It is prob- 
able that the $25 bounty offered 
on these animals by the State and 
the State Board of Fish and Game 
Commissioners, will be an induce- 
ment to do some hunting in that 
section. 

Bob-cats are also reported com- 
mon in this vicinity. Several have 
been seen in the flats and low 

lands in the farming district. 

* * * 

Steelheads and silversides have 
been biting splendidly in Bogue 
Elver, and large catches made. On 
account of the closed season on 
deer, hunting is now about over for 
the year, except for bear, and other 
unprotected animals. 

* * * 

A. C. Goettsche, of Grants Pass, 
who was out with a party of six 
friends, reports that while on a 
two-weeks' hunt during the past 
season the party was successful in 
bagging ten bucks at Buck Camp, 
20 miles from Galice Creek. Mr. 
Goettsche says the party saw 
altogether 75 does and fawns and 
26 bucks within one and a half 
miles of camp. 



and good reports come from many 
who go out. 



* * * 



JACKSON COUNTY. 

Mr. A. S. Bosenbaum, Southern 
Pacific agent at Medford, reports 
that the quail were so plentiful 
that any hunter who did not get 
his limit during the season must 
have been a poor marksman. Duck, 
hunting and fishing for rainbows 
are the sports at the present time, 



C. L. Springer, deputy game war- 
den of Jacksonville, was seriously 
injured during the latter part of 
October when his horse fell in a 
bad piece of trail on the ridge be- 
tween Burnt Eidge and Squirrel 
Camp, in Josephine County. His 
left knee was badly sprained and 
he was otherwise severely bruised. 
Mr. Ellis, who accompanied War- 
dens Springer and Merrill on this 
trip, was taken sick while on the 
trip and died a few hours after 
arriving at Merlin. 



LINCOLN UOUNTY. 

Duck hunters are getting the limit 
on the bay and tributary sloughs 
near Newport. A number of hunters 
are over from the valley and Port- 
land. All are having good luck. 
The rains of the past week have 
brought the ducks in. Silversides 
are coming in now better than they 
have been, owing to the heavy rains, 
and good catches are being made. — 
Dallas Optimist. 



LAKE COUNTY. 

E. C. Foster, one of the well- 
known farmers of Summer Lake, 
was in Lakeview several days dur- 
ing the past week on a business 
visit. He states that the Chinese 
pheasants that were turned loose on 
his place early last Spring have all 
disappeared. Of the six original 
pairs, one bird killed himself by 
flying into a barbed wire fence, 



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another evidently made an unsuc- 
cessful attempt to fly across the 
lake, his body drifting ashore at 
the south end, and nothing has been 
heard of the other ten. One pair 
was seen at the upper end of the 
lake shortly after they were turned 
loose, but they have not been seen 
now for some time. — Lakeview Ex- 
aminer. 

* * * 

Mr. Wm. La Sater, Deputy Game 
Warden of Silver Lake, in speaking 
of conditions in his district, says: 
' ' There are thousands of ducks and 
geese in the Sycan Marsh, Silver 
Lake and near the mouth of Annie 
River on Summer Lake. As usual, 
the Chewaucan Marsh is literally 
alive with these birds and duck 
shooting is good; the most common 
ducks are Mallards, Canvasbacks 

and Pintails. ' ' 

•* * * 

A. H. Canterbury and J. S. Miller 
trapped 33 coyotes, 20 skunks and 
one bobcat in one week. They are 
camped about three miles from Sil- 
ver Lake. Mr. Miller secured a 
freak coyote in his lot which was 
entirely red in color. 



LINN COUNTY. 
A black bear was killed on No- 
vember 3 within one-half mile of 
Shelburn, the junction of the Wood- 
burn-Eastern Railroad and the 
Woodburn-Natron branch of the 
Southern Pacific, and only 15 miles 
from Albany. It is the first time 
a bear has been seen that far down 
in the valley for many years. 



LANE COUNTY. 

James Laxton, of Springfield, 
killed a three and a four-point buck 
on Elk Mountain on October 29 
and 30, respectively. 



George A. Dorris, who lives near 
Springfield and whose farm is in a 
game refuge, reports that tiw. 
Reeves' pheasants liberated on his 
place are seen freqeuntly and are 
increasing. A few days ago Mr. 
Dorris flushed a covey of about 
twenty of these birds. 



MULTNOMAH COUNTY. 

H. B. Van Duzer, the president 
of the Multnomah Anglers Club, 
came home with a fine catch of 
sea-run trout recently. For a long 
time Van has hoped for a real catch 
of trout, and on a trip to the Cow- 
litz River a short time ago his 
dreams were realized, for he re- 
turned with a full creel. The fish 
were caught by Mr. Van Duzer and 
not donated to him by a good- 
hearted farmer, as it was reported. 



George Shirley and W. H. Harmon 
made a trip to tne upper Sandy 
after salmon, which came near end- 
ing disastrously. They struck the 
river above the Ravenue bridge, 
among a labyrinth of deep gorges. 
While climbing around a rocky cliff 
Harmon slipped into a bottomless 
pool, and Shirley nad to haul him 
out with a 20-±oot sapling. No 
fish were caught on this trip. 



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C. J. Spooner and W. F. Backus 
visited the Sandy late in Novem- 
ber and had some sport with the 
silversides. They brought in eight 
fine fish. 



The heavy run of silverside sal- 
mon in the Sandy River last month 
furnished some great sport for tlie 
spoon casters. Warren Cornell and 
W. C. Block made the record catch 
of the season, taking 16 fish in one 
day. All these fish were caught 
on six-ounce rods and nine-thread 
lines, and as several of the fish 
weighed close to 15 pounds, these 
fishermen should have no trouble 
in qualifying foi the light tackle 
Salmon Club next spring. 



Mr. George Kinnear made a trip 
down to Rainier last month and 
had a record day's fishing with 
Captain Milton Smith, of that city. 
They fished part of a day on the 
Cowlitz River and hooked 40 sea- 
mn trout. 



killed in this county. Thirty-two 
in the Chesnimnus country. Several 
dressed 250 to 275 pounds. 



Open season is past for deer, and 
far better luck is reported by sports- 
men than has been enjoyed for sev- 
eral years past, probably owing to 
the protection of the game. One 
of the lucky number was Billy Mc- 
Clain, who got a 15-point buck. — 
Wallowa Sun. 



There has been a large run of 
Little Redf ish or Kennerly 's Salmon 
in Wallowa River the past season. 
These dwarf redfish, commonly called 
"yanks," that live in Wallowa 
Lake and run up Wallowa River 
each fall to spawn. It was for- 
merly reported that these fish would 
not take bait, but during the pasr 
year many have been caught wiih 
grasshoppers. These fish average 
about ten inches in length. Many 
parties caught the limit of seventy- 
five of these fish in a day. 



WALLOWA COUNTY. 

Walter Lee caught four Dolly 
Varden trout in Wallowa Lake, fish- 
ing from shore. They weighed 33 
pounds, which made an average of 
8 1-3 pounds each. Salmon eggs 
were used for bait. 



In the month of October it is re- 
ported that about 100 bucks were 



WASHINGTON COUNTY. 

Fishing is reported exceptionally 
good along Wilson River; good 
catches are reported almost daily. 
Small trout can be seen in great 
schools in Gales Creek and other 
streams in the vicinity of Forest 
Grove. These streams were stocked 
quite heavily both last year and 
this year. 




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